Duo including ex-govt dept head claim trial to false claim charge

The accused being taken to the Sessions Court where they were jointly charge for the offence.

SEREMBAN: Two individuals, including a former government department head, claimed trial at the Sessions Court here to a charge of making a false claim.

Former Negri Sembilan and Melaka Orang Asli Department director Haslin Abdul Razak, 46, and businessman Mohd Irwan Redzuan Abdullah, 44, pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to them before judge Madihah Harullah.

The duo had allegedly submitted a claim of RM15,000 to the department for food and drinks for an event with the Orang Asli community at Bukit Payung in Melaka when in actual fact the event did not take place.

Haslin was also accused of asking the other accused to bank in RM13,200 from the claim into the department's employee welfare and sports fund.

They allegedly committed the offence at the Negri Sembilan and Melaka Orang Asli Development Department at Wisma Persekutuan here on Dec 6, 2016.

They were charged under Section 18 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code.

Offenders can be jailed up to 20 years and fined five times the amount concerned or RM10,000, whichever is higher.

Madihah then allowed Haslin, who is now assistant director (policy and strategic planning) at the Community Development Department in Putrajaya and Mohd Irwan, to be each released on a RM7,000 bail and fixed Sept 24 for mention of the case.

Both posted bail.

The duo were also ordered to report at the Negri Sembilan MACC office on the first week of every month

MACC's Mohamad Azriff Firdaus Mohamad Ali prosecuted.

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