Ex-disability rehab association president jailed, fined for CBT worth over RM490,000

The former president of PPOC pleaded guilty to CBT charges.

IPOH: A former president of Persatuan Pemulihan Orang Cacat Negeri Perak (PPOC) was jailed a day and fined RM80,000 by a Sessions Court here for three counts of criminal breach of trust involving over RM490,000.

Judge Datuk Ibrahim Osman meted out the sentence against Kamarulzaman Abdullah, 64, after he pleaded guilty to the charges on Thursday (May 30).

He was charged under Section 406 of the Penal Code for transferring part of the sale proceeds of the association’s two plots of land into his personal bank account and then into his step-daughter’s business bank account.

Kamarulzaman had committed the offences at a bank in Gunung Rapat between Nov 8, 2019, and Jan 1, 2020.

For the first offence of misappropriating RM413,974, and depositing the money into his personal bank account, the accused was jailed a day, and fined RM40,000 in default four months in jail.

For the second charge of misappropriating RM30,000, and depositing into his step-daughter’s business account, he was jailed a day, fined RM20,000 in default two months in jail.

For the third offence of misappropriating RM48,500, and banking it into his step-daughter’s business account, he was jailed for a day, fined RM20,000 in default two months in jail.

The jail sentence was served concurrently.

The accused was not represented. The case was prosecuted by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission prosecution officer Mohd Shafiqzan Suhaimi.

The accused was appointed as the association's president, and on the board of directors from 2016 until 2020.

The association aims to help the blind carry out activities and generate income via handicraft sales and envelopes.

Because the association carried out a business, a company was set up under the management of the association known as PPOC Corporation Sdn Bhd.

In 2010, the corporation purchased two plots of land at Kampung Tengku Husin Baharu here from the Perak Development Corporation for RM62,969 to construct an envelope-making factory.

In 2019, the accused sold two plots of land belonging to PPOC Corporation to a private company for RM540,000, which was partly misappropriated.

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