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Ex-Yayasan Pelajar Mara CEO jailed, fined for abetment

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KUALA LUMPUR: A former chief executive officer of Yayasan Pelajaran MARA (YPM) was sentenced to a day's jail and fined RM300,000, in default six months' jail, by the Sessions Court here today for abetment in using forged documents for claims amounting to more than RM300,000 two years ago.

Judge Mohd Nasir Nordin handed down the sentence after Datuk Dr Abdul Shariff Hamid Abdul Shariff changed his plea to guilty to eight counts of abetment.

He was ordered to pay RM50,000 of the fine today, with the remaining to be made in three installments until Dec 1.

Abdul Shariff Hamid paid RM50,000 of the fine today.

The case was supposed to come up for hearing today, which was supposed to be the fourth day, when the prosecution offered Abdul Shariff Hamid an alternative charge.

Abdul Shariff, 53, who is also Overseas Umno Club secretary, was charged with abetting YPM programme manager Zainal Rashid Zakaria, 44, by ordering him to use as genuine the payment verification forms for the implementation of eight programmes, costing RM324,150 which he knew were false.    

The programmes included motivational programmes, including for orphans, purportedly held in several states, including Perak, Kedah and Johor.  

He was accused of committing the offence at the YPM office in Medan Mara, Jalan Raja Laut, at 2.45pm on May 12, 2011.

Prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Mohd Sophian Zakaria from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, while the accused was represented by lawyer Wan Azmir Wan Majid. -- BERNAMA


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