MACC: Up to Telekom to sack employee, denies conspiracy

MACC: Up to Telekom to sack employee, denies conspiracy
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KUALA LUMPUR - A former sales director will know on June 27 over his suit against his ex-employer Telekom Malaysia Bhd for allegedly sacking him after a domestic inquiry.

Mohamed Puhad Mohamed Liza said that the inquiry was designed to sack him without a proper hearing.

In his suit, Mohamed Puhad, then seconded to Telekom's subsidiary company Government Integrated Telecommunication Network Sdn Bhd (GITN), said he was informed by his counsel Reuben Netto that the inquiry panel unanimously decided to terminate his employment.

High Court Judicial Commissioner Rosilah Yop fixed the date in chambers after hearing lengthy submissions by parties.

In his suit seeking for damages filed in Feb 25, Mohamed Puhad named Telekom, GITN, inquiry chairman Aznan Ramli, panel committee members Kama Azila Abd Rani and Ahmad Che Mat, Telekom assistant general manager Hezlina Hashim, MACC operations division director Datuk Mohd Jamidan Abdullah and MACC senior superintendent Hishamuddin Mohammad Esa as defendants.

Speaking to reporters here on Friday, SFC Shamsul Bolhassan, who appeared for two MACC officials, said that the plaintiff argued that there was a conspiracy to sack him.

"I have argued that it is up to Telekom to sack him as his employer," he said.

SFC Shamsul said Mohamed Puhad could only sue the parties for malicious prosecution if he was acquitted over his four corruption charges but the trial was still pending at the Shah Alam court.

"I have argued that the criminal charges and disciplinary proceedings over his dismissal are two different proceedings and therefore double jeopardy which he claim in his case did not arise," he added.

Telekom, represented by lawyer M. Shanti, had contended that he should go to the Industrial Court over his dismissal claim and not file the civil dispute at the High Court here.

In his suit, Mohamed Puhad is applying to get an order from the High Court that the inquiry on Jan 28, alleging that he had abused his power to get payments from a Telekom's partner firm, was invalid, defective and unlawful.

He named Telekom, its four officials, its subsidiary company and two MACC officers named as defendants.

He said on Dec 23 last year, he was produced in the Shah Alam Sessions Court to face four corruption charges.

Lawyer Gurbachan Singh, who appeared for the plaintiff, said that the judge would hear his client's bid to discover certain documents, after deciding the striking out application by defendants.

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