Workshop Bosses Claim Trial Over Perdana Claims
By Rosli Zakaria
KUALA TERENGGANU: Two workshop owners were charged separately in the Sessions Court yesterday with falsifying claims, totalling RM91,350.63, for the repairs of a number of Proton Perdana V6 executive cars belonging to the state government.
Tor Kok Siong, 52, of Jalan Air Jernih here, and Choong Yuen Sang, 48, from Cendering, claimed trial.
Tor was charged with four counts of falsifying claims for the supply of V6 automatic transmissions, each costing RM18,057.68, for a total sum of RM72,230.72 involving four vehicles.
Two of the offences were committed in November 2006, involving cars with registration numbers TAG 8778 and TT 7, another car (TAG 7979) in August last year, and the fourth car (TT 3) in June this year. The offences come under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1987.
Anti-Corruption Agency deputy public prosecutor Mohd Sophian Zakaria requested that bail be set at RM20,000 for each offence.
Defence counsel Osman Bakar, however, asked for a lower bail and gave an assurance that Tor, who has a workshop in Bukit Kecil and who has been cooperative throughout the investigation, would not jump bail.
Judge M. Bakri Abdul Majid set bail at RM5,000 on each charge and fixed Dec 23 and 24 for hearing.
Later, in another Sessions Court, Choong was charged with falsifying a claim for a V6 auto transmission for a Perdana car with registration number TAK 415, in August last year.
He is alleged to have made a claim for RM19,119.91 from the state government to replace the auto transmission although it was not changed.
Sophian also asked for bail to be set at RM20,000 but defence counsel Siti Saleha Mohd Tahir asked for it to be lower.
Judge Mohammad Khalid Ab Karim set bail at RM7,000 and fixed hearing for Dec 14.
Tor and Choong posted bail.
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