School HM ordered to enter defence over graft charges

Norliza-Mat-Radzi-courtSHAH ALAM: A secondary school principal was today ordered to enter her defence over three charges of abusing her position involving RM6,591.65.

Sessions Court judge Rozilah Salleh, in her ruling, said the prosecution had succeeded in establishing a prima facie case against Norliza Mat Radzi, 49.

The court set May 8 for trial.

During the hearing, deputy public prosecutor Hazirah Azeman, from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), called 13 witnesses.

On Nov 3, 2016, the accused claimed trial to a charge of selecting her company, Orean Collection, to supply teaching aids, worth RM2,091.65, to the school.

She also claimed trial to committing a similar offence involving hand towels, worth RM500.

Norliza also claimed trial to a third charge of committing a similar offence involving hamper packages, file sets, stationeries and medals, amounting to RM4,000.

She is accused of committing the offences at the school in Port Klang near here, between Feb 12 and April 13, 2016.

The charges are framed under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009, which carries a maximum 20 years imprisonment and a fine of five times the value of the sum involved or RM10,000, whichever is higher.

Norliza’s counsel, Mohd Tajuddin Abd Razak, told the court that the defence would be calling three witnesses, including the accused.