Manager charged with making false claims for wage subsidy

SEREMBAN: A 39-year-old human resources manager has claimed trial at the Sessions Court here to a charge of submitting a false claim involving RM6,000 for the government’s wage subsidy programme.Wong Siow Yen pleaded not guilty to the charge before judge Madihah Harullah yesterday.

She allegedly committed the offence on April 9 last year at YTG Logistic and Trading Sdn Bhd in Gemas.

The accused had allegedly submitted the names of five employees to the Social Security Organisation (Socso) although they were not entitled to the subsidy amounting to RM6,000.

Wong was charged under Section 18 of the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, punishable under Section 24(2) of the same Act.

MACC prosecuting officer Nor Syarina Raizan urged the court to set bail at RM20,000.

However, defence counsel for the accused Chuah Shyue Chein appealed for a minimum amount as Wong’s income had been badly affected due to the Covid19 pandemic and she had to provide for her four young children.

Madihah then fixed bail at RM8,000 with one surety and fixed April 9 for the next mention.