PETALING JAYA: A former director-general of the Labuan Financial Services Authority (LFSA) has claimed trial to abuse of power in using the statutory body’s funds to conduct home renovations between 2017 and 2020.
Danial Mah Abdullah, 63, pleaded not guilty at the Labuan sessions court after the charges were read before judge Jason Juga, Berita Harian reported.
He was charged under Section 23(1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 for using his position for gratification.
He is alleged to have used his position to misappropriate a total of RM26,025 in LFSA funds between 2017 and 2020 to renovate his home, fund utility expenses, and purchase assets for personal benefit.
This included RM20,225 for the construction of a restroom, cleaning of a storeroom, installation of doors, and other work at his private residence. The remaining RM5,800 was used to instal security doors at his home.
The court allowed Danial to post bail at RM15,000 with one surety.
Deputy public prosecutor Nurul Izzati Sapifee prosecuted, while the accused was represented by lawyer Iskandar Putra.
The court fixed Nov 23 for case management.
Danial was one of the pioneers in the LFSA since 1997, when it used to be known as the Labuan Offshore Financial Services Authority.
He was formerly its deputy director-general before being appointed as director-general in 2017 for a three-year term until 2020, when his tenure was extended for another three-year term.
However, he resigned from the post in April 2021.