YPM's ex-CEO jailed and fined RM300,000 for graft

KUALA LUMPUR - The Sessions Court here sentenced former Mara Educa-tion Foundation (YPM) chief executive officer to a day's jail and a fine of RM300,000 (S$116,000) for abetting another officer in making false claims two years ago.

Judge Mohd Nasir Nordin meted out the sentence after Datuk Dr Abdul Shariff Hamid, 53, pleaded guilty to eight alternative charges.

Mohd Nasir ordered RM50,000 to be paid by yesterday and the balance of the fine to be paid in three instalments.

"The first and second instalments of RM100,000 each is to be paid on or before Oct 1 and Nov 1 and the balance before Dec 1," he said.

He also ordered Abdul Shariff to be jailed six months if he fails to pay the fine.

Abdul Shariff was charged with eight counts of abetting former YPM programme manager Zainal Rashid Zakaria, 44, by directing the latter to use false payment confirmation forms as genuine for the implementation of a motivational programme.

The motivational programme cost RM324,150.

The offence was committed at the YPM financial department at Level 9, Medan Mara, Jalan Raja Laut here at about 2.45pm on May 12, 2011.

He was charged under Section 471 of the Penal Code read together with Section 107 of the same act.

A total of 12 prosecution witnesses were called in the trial which started on Monday. However, Abdul Shariff pleaded guilty to the eight charges yesterday.

He was initially charged under Section 18 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act (MACC) 2009, which carries a maximum 20-year jail term and a fine of up to five times the value of the amount in question upon conviction.

The MACC's Mohd Sophian Zakaria prosecuted the case while Wan Azmir Wan Majid acted for Abdul Shariff.