5 doc­tors, 2 runners charged over li­cence scam

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Five doc­tors were charged in sev­eral courts in Pe­nang and Perak over a scam that saw them is­su­ing clean bills of health to ap­pli­cants of Pub­lic Ser­vice Ve­hi­cle (PSV) li­cences with­out ex­am­in­ing them.

Two other men, who acted as “runners”, were also brought to court here in con­nec­tion with the scam.

One doc­tor, Dr Ding Yong Chaun, 73, pleaded guilty to the offence, while the rest claimed trial.

At the Ses­sions Court here, the first to ar­rive were al­leged runners Lim Geok Huat, 54, and Chan Ah Kow, 57, about 8.30am. They cov­ered their faces with their T-shirts and were ac­com­pa­nied by four Malaysian An­tiCor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) of­fi­cers.

Dr See Teik Guan, 48, and Dr Ka­mal Fasha Hus­sain, 54, ar­rived sep­a­rately af­ter they were in­structed to at­tend court by MACC of­fi­cers. News­men were only alerted to their pres­ence when they were charged.

While Lim’s and Chan’s fam­ily mem­bers were spot­ted inside the pub­lic gallery, no one from Dr See’s and Dr Ka­mal’s side were present.

Dr See and Dr Ka­mal were charged with cheat­ing un­der Sec­tion 415 of the Pe­nal Code, read to­gether with Sec­tion 28(1)(a) of the MACC Act 2009, pun­ish­able un­der Sec­tion 417 of the Pe­nal Code. If con­victed, they face a max­i­mum of five years’ jail, a fine or both.

Lim and Chan were charged with us­ing forged doc­u­ments as gen­uine ones un­der Sec­tion 471 of the Pe­nal Code, pun­ish­able un­der Sec­tion 465 of the same code, which car­ries two years’ jail, a fine or both, upon con­vic­tion.

MACC pros­e­cut­ing of­fi­cer Ah­mad Ghaz­ali Muhamad Nadzri re­quested that the court set bail at RM10,000 each.

C.P. Ang rep­re­sented Lim, Ja­son Khor Jit Sheng rep­re­sented Dr Ka­mal Fasha and Dr See, while R.S.N. Rayer rep­re­sented Chan. The coun­sel all re­quested for lower bail for their clients.

Judge Nur­salha Hamzah set bail at RM6,000 each and fixed July 14 for men­tion.

In But­ter­worth , Dr Ding and Dr Lutfi Mo­hamad Rashidi, 37, were charged with the same offence as the doc­tors in Ge­orge Town.

Dr Lutfi, who ar­rived in court in a hoodie and a face mask, pleaded not guilty and re­quested trial, while Dr Ding pleaded guilty.

MACC pros­e­cu­tion of­fi­cer Amin Yakob asked the court to set bail at RM10,000 for each ac­cused.

Lawyer M. Pu­veneswaran, who rep­re­sented Dr Lutfi, urged the court to set a lower bail, say­ing his client had to take care of his young chil­dren and preg­nant wife. Dr Lutfi is cur­rently a doc­tor in the re­mand lock-up.

Dr Ding, who was un­rep­re­sented, ap­pealed to the court for a lower bail as he had three crit­i­cal ill­nesses — high blood pres­sure, di­a­betes and chronic kid­ney failure. He also told the court he was liv­ing alone.

Judge Noor Aini Yu­sof al­lowed bail at RM8,000 with one surety for each ac­cused. She also or­dered Dr Lutfi to re­port to the MACC of­fice ev­ery month.

She set July 4 to men­tion Dr Lutfi’s case and June 13 for the Spe­cial Cor­rup­tions Court to de­cide on Dr Ding’s sen­tence.

In Ipoh, Dr S. Sa­muel Ku­mar, 59, faced the same charges and claimed trial.

Judge S. In­dra Nehru set June 14 for men­tion, granted RM12,000 bail with one surety, and or­dered the ac­cused to re­port to the near­est MACC of­fice once a month.


Dr Ding Yong Chaun be­ing es­corted by MACC of­fi­cers to the But­ter­worth Ses­sions Court yes­ter­day. (Inset, from top) Dr Lutfi Mo­hamad Rashidi and Dr S. Sa­muel Ku­mar.


MACC of­fi­cers es­cort­ing runners Chan Ah Kow (sec­ond from left) and Lim Geok Huat (third from left) to the Ge­orge Town Ses­sions Court yes­ter­day.

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