PETALING JAYA: The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has rejected a representation filed by Faisal Hamzah, the son of former home minister Hamzah Zainudin, over cooking oil subsidy violation charges that he is facing.
Deputy public prosecutor Nor Alimah Sanusi, acting for the domestic trade and cost of living ministry, informed Seremban sessions court judge Mazni Nawi of this today.
In April, Faisal, 39, and his business partner, Azizul Abdul Halim, 55, claimed trial to nine counts of submitting fake invoices and possessing more than the permitted amount of subsidised cooking oil.
The prosecution also said Azizul’s defence lawyers had previously indicated that they would submit a representation on his behalf but that until now none had been received.
“As for Faisal’s representation, it was rejected. We request for trial dates to be set for this case,” Harian Metro quoted Nor Alimah as saying.
The court then scheduled trial for June 5, 7, 14, 21, and Aug 28 next year. Fifteen witnesses will be called to testify.
The court had postponed proceedings on Sept 20 after being informed by the prosecution that Azizul had yet to submit his representation to the AGC.
Faisal and Azizul – as directors of Rimba Merpati Sdn Bhd, a licensed wholesaler of subsidised cooking oil – were charged with giving false information on documents or invoices for the sale of the controlled item, under Section 8(4) of the Control of Supplies Act 1961, to two retail stores in Seremban.
The offences were allegedly committed at the domestic trade and cost of living ministry’s state office at 5pm on Aug 12, 2022.
The company was also charged with submitting false invoices and possession of cooking oil in excess of the 50-tonne limit, in accordance with Regulation 9(1) of the Control of Supplies Regulations 1974.
The offences were allegedly committed at the ministry’s state office and Rimba Merpati’s business premises at the Sinar Andalas industrial area, Senawang, at 11.15pm on Aug 11 and at 5pm on Aug 12, 2022.