Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Ex-civil servant charged with falsifying Malay reserve land status



Ex-civil servant charged

with falsifying Malay

reserve land status


Rosli Che Mohamed denies trying to deceive the Perak agricultural land board into erroneously selling the land to a commercial entity.

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Rosli Che Mohamed
Rosli Che Mohamed is accused of falsely telling the Perak agricultural land board that nearly 650ha of land was not Malay reserve land. (Bernama pic)

IPOH: A former Perak land and mines officer pleaded not guilty at the sessions court here today to cheating the Perak agricultural land board, resulting in the subdivision of Malay reserve land in 2012.

Rosli Che Mohamed, 64, entered the plea after the charge was read before judge Ibrahim Osman.

Rosli, as the then deputy registrar of titles at the office, was charged with deceiving the Perak agricultural land board into believing that land parcels PN 174770-174772 and PT 17527-17529 in Mukim Sitiawan, Manjung, were not Malay reserve land through a Perak land and mines director’s office data correction form dated March 25, 2011.

This prompted the board to approve a land subdivision application for the ownership of PN 174772, Lot 17527 to 317 plots covering an area of approximately 649ha in Mukim Sitiawan, Manjung, to Nadi Agrobusiness Sdn Bhd, a decision the board alleges it would not have made had it known otherwise.

The offence was allegedly committed at the Perak land and mines office at Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab, here, on Jan 4, 2012.

The charge under Section 418 of the Penal Code carries a prison term of up to seven years, a fine, or both upon conviction.

Deputy public prosecutor Maziah Mansor proposed bail of RM10,000 with one surety for the accused, taking into account the gravity of the offence allegedly committed.

Rosli’s lawyer Syarul Nizam Rabi pleaded for a lower bail on grounds that his client is a pensioner and has a child with a heart condition who requires treatment every six months at the National Heart Institute.

Ibrahim set bail at RM6,000 with one surety and ordered the accused to report to the nearest Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office every month.

The court fixed May 30 for next mention of the case.

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