Former SMK Libaran principal charged with making false claims

Pandir LodahSANDAKAN: A former secondary school principal has been charged with four counts of making false claims involving the purchase of dictionaries and workbooks amounting to RM23,342.

Pandir Lodah, 40, who is now attached to the Education Office here, pleaded not guilty before Sessions Court Judge Indra Ayub.

He was alleged to have committed the offences on April 1, 2 and 14 in 2003 when he was SMK Libaran principal.

He is alleged to have knowingly used four Government Purchase Orders containing false details with the intention of deceiving the state Education Department, in which he acknowledged the receipts of 400 dictionaries and workbooks that had not been supplied to the school.

Judge Indra fixed trial for Oct 22 and set bail at RM15,000 with two local sureties.

Pandir was represented by Counsel Shakinur Ain Karma while the prosecution was led by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Deputy Public Prosecutor Joyce Balasius.

In another case, former Karamunting People Development Leader Lawrence Tan Ken Yee claimed trial to a charge of abetting a former Village Development and Security Committee chairwoman to make a false claim of RM6,400 for road repairs and resurfacing in the state constituency on Nov 21, 2001.

Tan, 52, pleaded not guilty to committing the offence under Section 11(c) of the Corruption Prevention Act 1997.

Former Village Development and Security Committee chairwoman Wong Tzu Fun, 49, also claimed trial to having submitted a false claim to the Sandakan Municipal Council.

Sessions Court Judge Indra set bail at RM10,000 with RM 1,000 to be deposited and two local sureties each for Tan and Wong after fixing the trial for Nov 19 and 20.

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