Company director and manager slapped with additional charges in 'meat cartel' case

JOHOR BARU (Bernama): A frozen food supply company, its director and its manager, who had been charged with using fake trade descriptions, were charged in the Sessions Court here with other offences on Thursday (April 22).

LY Frozen Food Sdn Bhd, its director Yong Chee Keong, 40, and manager Chong Kim Kuang, 48, were charged with four counts each of abetment and possession of prohibited goods worth RM643,465.39 on Dec 15 last year.

Yong claimed trial after the charges against him were read out simultaneously with those against the company before Judge Wan Mohd Nor Hisham Wan Yaakob.

Chong also claimed trial before Judge Ahmad Fuad Othman in a separate court.

According to the charge sheet, Yong, who also appeared on behalf of the company, along with Tan Siew Huak, 42, who is still at large, was charged with four counts of possessing prohibited goods worth RM643,465.39.

Chong faces four charges of colluding with LY Frozen Food, Yong and Tan over possession of the prohibited goods.

The offences were committed at No 663, Jalan 3/4, Desa Idaman Industrial Estate in Senai, Kulai on Dec 15 last year.

Among the prohibited items were 821 boxes of frozen beef under the Warrnambool brand, 264 boxes of frozen lamb under the Viro Carni brand and 252 boxes of frozen chicken under the Seara brand.

They were charged under Section 135(1)(d) of the Customs Act 1967, which provides for a fine of no less than 10 times and no more than 20 times the value of the goods or imprisonment not exceeding five years, or both, on conviction.

The court set bail at RM100,000 for Yong with one surety, along with an additional condition requiring him to report to the nearest police station twice a month.

The court also set bail at RM60,000 for Chong in two sureties, with the same additional condition.

The court set June 3 for mention and submission of documents for the charges.

The prosecution was handled by deputy public prosecutors Jasmee Hameeza Jaafar and Nur Suriati Mohamad while the company, Yong and Chong were represented by lawyers Zamri Idrus, Ridzuan Othman and Saifuz Zaman Abd Rahman.

In February, the same company and executives were charged at the Sessions Court here with 21 counts of possessing and distributing unauthorised frozen products and using false and unauthorised use of the halal logo.

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