Business owner fined RM48,000 and jailed for forgery

KOTA KINABALU: A company director was fined a total of RM48,000 and jailed for a day by the Special Sessions Court for bribery after pleading guilty to a charge of submitting falsified documents during the tender of gasoline and diesel supply requests amounting to RM172,980 in 2018.

Judge Abu Bakar Manat imposed the fine on Hassan Ho Abdullah, 36, who pleaded guilty on Wednesday (April 27th) to eight alternative counts under Article 471 of the Penal Code for using a false document as authentic .

He was fined RM6,000 and jailed for one day for each charge, with the jail term to be served concurrently, meaning he would have to pay a fine totaling RM48,000 and only serve one jail day.

Hassan Ho, Director at Sinaran Transporter and Setia Gemilang Enterprise, which is appointed to supply and distribute RON 95 gasoline and diesel in 2018 under the Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumer Affairs (MDTCA) Price Standardization Program ) through the National Price Board ( MHBN), paid the fine.

He was accused of submitting the false documents for point-of-sale (POS) oil supply requests for the months of August, September, October and November 2018 through the company Sinaran Transporter for a total of RM84,420 at the MDTCA office in Kudat on 27 November the same year.

He was also accused of submitting false documents for oil supply claims to POS for the same four months through Setia Gemilang Enterprise, totaling RM88,560 at the same place and same. date.

All of the claims contained forged documents, namely a statement and a confirmation letter from the Napson gas station which were forged, but submitted as genuine to MDTCA.

The owner of the Napson gas station in Kota Marudu, Napson Tahir, confirmed that the statement and the confirmation letter were false and were not issued by his party.

Hassan Ho was arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on May 20 last year.

The prosecution was led by MACC prosecutor Rekhraj Singh, while attorney Amlin Nohin, represented Hassan Ho.-Bernama