Ex-chairman on trial for abetment

Day in court: Tai being escorted by police at the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: A former company chairman claimed trial at the Sessions Court to abetment by instructing his company secretary to use forged documents for the firm’s financial statement.

Tai Boon Wee, 64, who was a chairman at GIIB Holdings Bhd, was accused of dishonestly instructing Mak Chooi Peng, 54, to use a forged document, namely the company’s interim financial statement for the period ended March 31, 2023, (third quarter), as genuine.

He allegedly committed the offence at the Bursa Malaysia Bhd Office, Exchange Square, Bukit Kewangan here, on May 29 last year.

He pleaded not guilty.

Tai was charged under Section 109 of the Penal Code and faces imprisonment of up to two years or a fine or both, upon conviction.

Deputy public prosecutor Anis Najwa Nazari offered bail of RM20,000 in one surety.

She also asked the court to impose an additional condition for the accused to report himself to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office once a month and surrender his passport to the court.

“Tai should have been charged earlier but he is often abroad and it is difficult for the prosecution to locate his whereabouts.

“Therefore, we feel that he is a flight risk,” she said.

Sessions Court judge Azura Alwi fixed bail at RM20,000 in one surety.

She also ordered Tai to surrender his passport to the court.

Tai was represented by lawyer Wan Shahrizal Wan Ladin.

The case is set for mention on July 5.

On Jan 13 last year, Tai claimed trial at the Sessions Court to two charges of submitting false documents to an auditing company regarding the sale and disposal of used machines worth RM2.95mil.

However, the High Court cleared Tai of the charges after allowing his application to quash the charges on Oct 24 the same year.

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