Ex-director charged with using forged documents

Facing the law: Muhammad Asyraf being escorted at the Sessions Court. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: A former director of an electrical repair company pleaded not guilty to falsifying documents for a Social Security Organisation (Socso) wage subsidy programme.

Muhammad Asyraf Rizal, 26, is accused of knowingly submitting a false application form under the name of Maar Engineering Services for RM88,200 at Socso’s Employment Insurance Division in Putrajaya on June 16, 2020.

He was charged under Section 471 of the Penal Code, which provides for a maximum prison sentence of two years, a fine or both, upon conviction, Bernama reported.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) prosecuting officer Rais Adha Ramli offered bail at RM80,000 in one surety and an additional condition that the accused must report to the MACC office in Johor Baru once a month until the case is concluded.

Lawyer Siti Nabila Hamzah appealed for a lower sum, saying that her client, who works as a technician in Singapore, is the sole breadwinner of his family.

“He also has to take care of the medical expenses of his grandparents who have stage four lung cancer,” she said.

Sessions Court judge Azrul Darus granted bail at RM15,000 in one surety.

The court also agreed to the additional condition and set Aug 2 for the next mention.

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