Selangor Journal

TNB subsidiary company manager pleads not guilty to submitting false allowance claims

KUALA LUMPUR, April 12 — A Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) subsidiary company manager was charged in the Sessions Court, here, today with submitting false lodging and subsistence allowance claims amounting to RM1,855 two years ago.

Norhayati Hamzah, 50, pleaded not guilty to the main and alternative charges read out to her before judge Rozina Ayub.

On the first count, Norhayati as a manager at TNB Power Generation Sdn Bhd, was charged with submitting four documents containing false lodging and subsistence allowance claims between December 22, 2019, and February 5, 2020, totalling RM1,855 with the intention of deceiving the company’s Audit and Compliance Department manager, Mohd Kamal Zulkawi.

The documents with the false details were used by Norhayati to confuse Mohd Kamal while the accused knew that the trip and stay were not made.

The offences were allegedly committed at the TNB Power Generation Sdn Bhd office, Bangunan Penjanaan, Jalan Bangsar, here, between January 17 and February 26, 2020.

She was charged under Section 18 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 and can be punished under Section 24(2) of the same act, which provides for a jail term of up to 20 years and a fine not less than five times the false claims sum or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.

Norhayati also faces an alternative charge of using four genuine documents containing lodging and subsistence allowance claims that she knew were false, with the offence committed at the same time and place. The offence under Section 471 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 465 carries a jail sentence of up to two years or a fine or both if convicted.

Earlier on deputy public prosecutor from the MACC, Fadhli Ab Wahab offered bail of RM10,000 with one surety and two additional conditions — that the accused surrender her passport to the court and report herself to the nearest MACC office.

Lawyer K. Komagan, representing Norhayati, asked for a lower bail of RM3,000 to RM5,000 as his client is still working with TNB Power Generation Sdn Bhd and has no disciplinary issues with the company.

The court allowed the accused bail of RM8,000 with one surety and the two additional conditions as requested by the prosecution, and set May 12 for case mention.

— Bernama

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