MELAKA: Big Blue Taxi Services founder Shamsubahrin Ismail has been charged in the Ayer Keroh Sessions Court with cheating over the sale of a luxury car and his use of the “Datuk” title.
He pleaded not guilty to both charges before judge Darmafikri Abu Adam.
For the first case, Shamsubahrin, 57, was charged with cheating one Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh, 62, over the sale of a 2019 Toyota Alphard with registration number VVP 7, which was priced at RM180,000, with the latter paying him over RM95,000 for the vehicle.The offence was allegedly committed at the Melaka State Assembly, Level 2, Blok Laksamana, Seri Negeri on Dec 7, 2021.
The charge under Section 420 of the Penal Code provides for imprisonment of up to 10 years, whipping and a fine, upon conviction.
Shamsubahrin was also charged under Section 3(1)(a) of the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Enactment 1981 with using the “Datuk” title and honour for personal gain without written permission from the Chief Minister.
He faces a maximum fine of RM500,000, jail for up to five years or both, if convicted.
The court allowed him bail of RM30,000 for both charges and ordered him to surrender his passport and report himself at a police station every month.
The judge set Feb 7 for mention.
The deputy public prosecutor was Aliff Asraf Anuar Sharuddin while Shamsubahrin was represented by lawyer Loh Chon Mee. — Bernama