Ex-mosque chairman charged with cheating over sale of land

Moktar-Ali

MELAKA: A former mosque chairman pleaded not guilty in the Ayer Keroh Sessions Court here today to a charge of cheating committee members of the Al-Hamideen Mosque in connection with the sale of endowment land belonging to the mosque.

Moktar Ali, 61, a liaison officer at the Melaka Development Corporation, was charged with cheating the Al-Hamideen Mosque committee members by deceiving them into agreeing to sell the land to one Yong Lang Yeow, 66, for RM140,000.

He was alleged to have convinced the committee members that the mosque was facing serious financial problems, including debts in quit rent, which he knew was not true as the mosque had sufficient funds.

The offence was allegedly committed at the Al-Hamideen Mosque, Km1, Kampung Bukit Cina here between December 2005 and January 2006.

The charge, under Section 420 of the Penal Code, provides an imprisonment for up to 10 years and whipping, as well as a fine upon conviction.

Deputy public prosecutor Nur Laila Mohamed Nazil offered bail at RM50,000 in one surety. However, lawyer Sulaiman Harmain Shah, representing Moktar, said his client had a wife and school-going children to support.

Judge Meor Sulaiman Ahmad Tarmizi then set bail at RM15,000 in one surety and fixed Aug 9 for mention.