MELAKA – A Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) officer pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to seven charges of cheating the National Service Training Department (JLKN) by using false documents to claim transport allowance two years ago.
Nor Shairul Shaharudin, 37, as camp commandant at the National Service Training Centre Camp was charged with submitting seven documents, namely the Domestic Travelling Allowance Claim Statement, for January, March, April, June, July, August and September 2014, dated between Jan 3 and Sept 25, 2014 with the amount totalling RM2,164.55, while knowing that the documents contained false information.
The accused, holding the rank of Lieutenant Commander, was charged, as an agent of the government of Malaysia, with declaring that he used his own vehicle and stayed in a hotel, while the truth was otherwise.
The father of three was charged with committing the offences at the Putra-Putri National Service Training Centre Camp in Cherana Putih, Alor Gajah, near here, between Jan 29 and Oct 20, 2014.
Nor Shairul was charged under Section 18 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act (MACC) 2009 and can be sentenced under Section 24(2) of the same act, which provides for a prison sentence of up to 20 years and a fine not less than five times the amount of bribery, if found guilty.
Earlier, deputy public prosecutor from the MACC, Nurdiyanah Mohd Nawawi offered bail of RM35,000 in one surety on all seven charges.
However, counsel Sasila Basri who represented the accused, asked the court to reduce the bail as his client, who is still serving with the RMN, has to support his wife, a homemaker, and children aged between 10 months and 10 years.
Judge Meor Sulaiman Ahmad Tarmizi allowed Nor Shairul bail of RM21,000 in one surety for all charges and fixed July 4 for case mention. – BERNAMA