Travel firm boss fined for making false subsidy claims

Facing the music: Ng (in pink blazer) walking out of the Johor Baru court.

JOHOR BARU: A tour company owner has been fined by the Sessions Court here almost four times the amount of the RM2,400 in false claims she made for a government subsidy programme.

Ng Lan Fah, 48, pleaded guilty before judge Ahmad Kamal Arifin Ismail yesterday.

According to the charge sheet, she had submitted a document with a list of employees to the Social Security Organisation’s (Socso) wage subsidy programme where two of her workers were not entitled to the subsidy worth RM2,400.

Ng committed the offence in Jalan Genuang Kampung, Segamat, on April 14,2020.

The charge, under Section 471 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 465 of the same Code, carries a maximum jail term of two years, a fine or both, upon conviction.

Lawyer Tan Boon Hong said his client was the sole breadwinner in her family and had elderly parents to take care of.

He added that Ng’s tour business had been badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and urged the court to give leniency.

Ahmad Kamal then set a fine of RM8,000 in default three months’ jail.

The prosecution was represented by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission deputy public prosecutor Suhaili Sapun.

Ng later paid the fine.

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