TNB branch manager pleads not guilty to submitting false claims

KUALA LUMPUR (April 12): A director of a subsidiary of Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) was charged in sessional court on Tuesday with submitting false claims for accommodation and subsistence allowance in the amount of RM1,855 two years ago.

Norhayati Hamzah, 50, pleaded not guilty to the primary and alternative charges read to him before Judge Rozina Ayub.

On the first count, Norhayati, as a director of TNB Power Generation Sdn Bhd, was charged with submitting four documents containing false claims for accommodation and subsistence allowance between December 22, 2019 and December 2019. February 5, 2020 totaling RM1,855 with intent to deceive company audit. and Compliance Department Manager, Mohd Kamal Zulkawi.

The documents with the false details were used by Norhayati to confuse Mohd Kamal as the defendant knew that the trip and stay had not taken place.

The offenses were allegedly committed at the TNB Power Generation office at Bangunan Penjanaan in Jalan Bangsar, here, between January 17 and February 26, 2020.

She was charged under Section 18 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 and can be punished under Section 24(2) of the same Act, which carries a penalty of imprisonment of up to 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the false claim sum or RM10,000, whichever is greater, if convicted.

Norhayati also faces another charge of using four authentic documents containing applications for housing and subsistence allowance that she knew were false, the offense having been committed at the same time and place. The offense under Section 471 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 465 is punishable by imprisonment for up to two years or a fine or both, if convicted .

Earlier, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Deputy Prosecutor Fadhli Ab Wahab offered bail of RM10,000 with bail and two additional conditions – that the accused surrender her passport to the court and appear at the nearest office. MACC office.

Solicitor K Komagan, representing Norhayati, requested a lower bond of RM3,000 to RM5,000 as his client still works with TNB Power Generation and has no disciplinary issues with the company.

The court cleared the defendant on bail of RM8,000 with bail and the two additional conditions requested by the prosecution, and set May 12 for the mention of the case.