IPOH: A former Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) chairman was fined RM150,000 for misappropriating funds entrusted to him for the building of a mosque in Tanjung Malim.
Zulkifle Othman, 59, pleaded guilty to one of the three charges brought against him by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) under Section 417 of the Penal Code for cheating before Sessions Court judge S. Indra Nehru on Wednesday (April 28).
Indra ordered the accused to pay the fine, in default 15 months' jail.
On Jan 14 last year, Zulkifle had pleaded not guilty to the three charges of criminal breach of trust involving RM350,000 but changed his plea on Wednesday following a plea bargain.
For the other two charges, Zulkifle was discharged and acquitted under Section 171 (A) of the Criminal Procedure Code.
According to the charge sheet, the accused had fraudulently transferred RM106,000 for his own usage from the sum that was entrusted to him for the construction of the mosque in Kampung Kubu, Tanjung Malim.
He was said to have committed the offence on March 15,2017.
According to the facts of the case, the accused had deceitfully made former state executive councillor Datuk Rusnah Kassim to believe that the RM350,000 was for the construction of a mosque.
Once the application was approved by the Mentri Besar’s office, the sum was banked into the JKKK’s account but the mosque has not been constructed until now.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Maziyah Mansor requested the court to forfeit the savings of the accused, amounting to RM203,686.45, a Honda Civic car valued at RM33,500 and a laptop as all these were from the government's funds.
Indra allowed the forfeiture.
The accused paid the fine.