KLANG, Dec 14 (Bernama) — A former project manager of Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd (KDSB) was charged in the Sessions Court here on Monday with 24 counts of cheating involving RM116.85 million, making him the fourth person to be charged in the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal.
Law Jenn Dong, 51, pleaded not guilty.
He was charged with architect Bernard Tan Seng Swee, who pleaded not guilty last Thursday, with cheating the Port Klang Authority (PKA) by making false claims to get the PKA to confirm payment of a total of RM116.85 million to KDSB, involving two mammoth projects in the PKFZ.
He faces 15 counts of deceiving the PKA into believing that the 33kv system to precincts 2 and 8 for the development of the PKFZ in Pulau Indah here had been implemented, when he knew that they had not, and thereby inducing PKA to confirm payment of RM70.583 million to KDSB.
He faces another nine charges of cheating the KPA in like manner and inducing it to confirm payement of RM46.267 million to KDSB.
The offences were allegedly committed at the PKA in Jalan Pelabuhan Utara, Port Klang, between June 30, 2006, and May 30, 2008.
He faces a maximum 20 years jail and whipping or fine on each charge, if convicted.
Earlier, Dzulkifli Ahmad from the Prosecution Division of the Attorney-General’s Chambers, asked the court to set bail at RM1 million with one surety in view of the seriousness of the offences and the amount of losses.
Law’s counsel, Tan Hock Chuan, asked for bail of between RM200,000 and RM2,50,000 on the ground that the co-accused, Tan, had been granted bail of RM250,000.
Judge Yong Zarida allowed bail of RM250,000 with one surety and fixed Feb 4 for mention.
Law, who left the company in September, was the second officer from KDSB, the contractor of the PKFZ project, to be taken to court over the PKFZ scandal.
Last Thursday, former PKA general manager Datin Paduka O.C.Phang and two others pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court to criminal breach of trust (CBT) and cheating by making false claims.
Phang, who faces three counts of CBT involving a total of RM254.84 million, was released on bail of RM350,000 while Steven Abok, chief operating officer of KDSB, and Tan, of BTA Architect, the project consultant, were jointly charged with two counts of making false claims involving RM5.42 million.
Tan was also charged with the 24 counts of cheating.
Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail said after the trio were charged that more individuals would be charged and the investigation would continue.