THE son of Opposition leader Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin has been charged in the Seremban Sessions Court with providing false information in connection with cooking oil subsidies.
Muhammad Faisal Hamzah, 39 and Azizul Abdul Halim, 55, as the directors of Rimba Merpati Sdn Bhd, were charged with giving false information by providing fake invoices on the sale of cooking oil to a local retailer, according to The Edge.
Both men were directors of Rimba Merpati Sdn Bhd, which held a wholesale cooking oil licence.
The charges were framed under Section 8(4) of the Control of Supplies Act 1961. The price of cooking oil is currently controlled by the government under the Act.
During a raid on the business’s facilities on August 12 of last year, it was claimed that the invoices had been discovered to be fake.
Officers from the Domestic Commerce and Cost of Living Ministry also charged Faisal and Azizul with possessing more than 50 tonnes of cooking oil at the company’s facilities in Sinar Andalas, Senawang.
The alleged offence is a violation of Regulation 9(1) of the Control of Supplies Regulations 1974 and is punishable under Section 22(2) of the Control of Supplies Act.
If proven guilty, they face a fine of up to RM2 mil for creating fake invoices and carrying more cooking oil than allowed. Any additional violations would result in RM5 mil penalties.
Faisal and Azizul both claimed trial to the charges read to them before judge Mazni Nawi. — April 5, 2023
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