Firm implicated in meat cartel scandal charged

JOHOR BARU: A frozen food supply company director and manager, implicated in the meat cartel scandal, have been charged with abetting and possessing goods prohibited from being imported amounting to some RM640,000.

LY Frozen Food Sdn Bhd together with its director Yong Chee Keong, 40, and manager Chong Kim Kuang, 48, pleaded not guilty to all four charges before Sessions Court judge Wan Mohd Nor Hisham Wan Yaakob yesterday.

According to the charge sheets, Yong, who represented himself and the company, was charged with possessing the goods amounting to RM643,465 together with one more individual, Tan Siew Huak, 42, who is still at large.

The offences were allegedly committed at a premises at the Desa Idaman industrial area near Senai in Kulai on Dec 15,2020.

Among the items said to be in their possession were 821 boxes of frozen beef parts, 264 boxes of frozen lamb parts, and 252 boxes of frozen chicken parts.

In a separate court before Sessions judge Ahmad Fuad Othman, Chong was charged with possessing the same items together with the company, as well as Yong and Tan.

All were charged under Section 135(1)(d) of the Customs Act, which carries a fine of not more than 20 times the amount involved or up to five years’ jail or both, upon conviction.

The court set the bail amount for Yong at RM100,000 in one surety and also ordered him to report to the nearest police station twice every month.

Chong’s bail was fixed at RM60,000 in two sureties with a similar condition. The case has been set for next mention on June 3.

Deputy public prosecutors Jasmee Hameeza Jaafar and Nur Suriati Mohamad prosecuted while lawyers Zamri Idrus, Ridzuan Othman and Saifuz Zaman Abd Rahman represented the accused.

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