Phang free of CBT charges

> Ex-PKA gen­eral man­ager was ac­cused of mis­ap­pro­pri­at­ing nearly RM255m

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

SHAH ALAM: The Shah Alam ses­sions court has ac­quit­ted for­mer Port Klang Author­ity (PKA) gen­eral man­ager Datin Paduka O. C. Phang ( pix) on three counts of crim­i­nal breach of trust (CBT) in­volv­ing RM254.85 mil­lion in re­la­tion to the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) project.

Af­ter seven years fac­ing the charges, judge Sla­mat Yahya yes­ter­day dis­charged and ac­quit­ted Phang from the charges af­ter the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral’s Cham­bers granted Phang’s rep­re­sen­ta­tion over the charges.

Her lawyer, Fran­cis Ng Aik Guan, said the prose­cu­tion had asked for a dis­charge not amount­ing to an ac­quit­tal but he had ob­jected to it and ap­plied for a to­tal dis­charge.

“The judge al­lowed our ap­pli­ca­tion and ac­quit­ted my client,” he said.

The trial of the case had be­gun and the court had heard ev­i­dence from three prose­cu­tion wit­nesses.

In De­cem­ber 2009, Phang was charged, as a gen­eral man­ager en­trusted with funds in an ac­count with RHB Bank Ber­had, with com­mit­ting crim­i­nal breach of trust of RM98.7 mil­lion at the Port Klang Author­ity in Jalan Pe­labuhan Utara, Port Klang, be­tween Oct 1, 2004 and Sept 5, 2005.

She was also charged with com­mit­ting two other sim­i­lar of­fences in­volv­ing RM21.6 mil­lion and RM134.55 mil­lion at the same place be­tween Sept 30, 2005 and May 9, 2006 and be­tween June 1, 2005 and Jan 13, 2006, re­spec­tively.

Phang was charged un­der Sec­tion 409 of the Pe­nal Code which pro­vides for a jail term of up to 20 years and a fine. – Ber­nama

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