Datuk pleads not guilty to cheating charges
PETALING JAYA, July 31 — A businessman pleaded not guilty in two separate Sessions Court proceedings here today on two counts of cheating a Datuk Seri of RM2.5 million.
In one of the courts, Datuk Syed Ahamed Malik Syed Hamid, who is involved in a scrap metal and frozen food business, is charged with deceiving businessman Datuk Seri Lee Wan Beng, 62, into believing that he had was an agent of Minat Jasa Sdn Bhd and offered the latter a contract to sell scrap and scheduled materials belonging to Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd at Sentul workshop and depots in Port Klang, KL Sentral and Falim, which he knew did not exist.
This prompted Lee to hand him a cheque for RM500,000 which was deposited into an account belonging to Messrs. Ahmad Rosdi & Co.
Syed Ahamed Malik, 59, was charged with committing the offence at PJ Hilton Hotel here on April 1 last year.
The charge was read before judge Suraiya Mustafa Kamal.
Deputy public prosecutor Ching Kian Chun prosecuted.
In another court, before judge Haiyatul Akmal Abdul Aziz, Syed Ahamed Malik was charged with cheating Lee by inducing the latter to hand over a cheque for RM2 million, which was also deposited into the account of the same legal firm.
The offence was allegedly committed at the office of Messrs. Ahmad Rosdi & Co at B4-11 PJ Industrial Park, Section 13, Jalan Kemajuan, here on September 14 last year.
Deputy public prosecutor Choong Kak Sen prosecuted.
Syed Ahamed Malik was allowed bail of RM100,000 in one surety for both the charges.
The court also set September 3 for mention of both cases. — Bernama