Married couple charged with misusing funds for Haj packages

PETALING JAYA: A married couple was charged in the magistrate's court here today with misusing RM104,600 belonging to a Royal Malaysian Customs Department pensioner, which were meant for payment of Haj packages, last year.

Razinah Ayob, 63, and Harun Mohd Seh, 68, pleaded not guilty after the charge was read out to them before magistrate Nurshahira Abdul Salim.

The duo, who are the owners of Haji Harun Seh Umrah and Tours Sdn Bhd, were jointly charged with misusing the money paid by Zahari Abdullah, 61, for 2017 Haj packages.

The offence was allegedly committed at the Bandar Sri Damansara Bank Islam, here, between Dec 2, 2016 and June 9, 2017 under Section 403 of the Penal Code, read together with Section 34 of the same Act, which carries a maximum jail term of five years, whipping and a fine, if convicted.

Deputy public prosecutor Abu Arsalnaa Zainal Abidin offered bail at RM8,000 with one surety each, with additional condition that they surrendered their passports to the court.

However the accused, who were represented by counsel Nur Izzah Mohd Tahir, appealed for lesser bail on the grounds they were already old, had health conditions and were dependent on medicines.

The court then granted bail of RM4,000 with one surety each and fixed Sept 3 for mention. They were also ordered to report to the nearest police station once a month until the case was completed. — Bernama

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