Kuala Lumpur, 29 September 2016
SC charges former directors for causing wrongful loss to Patimas Computers Berhad

Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) today charged a former Managing Director and three former executive directors of Patimas Computers Berhad (Patimas) with ten charges of causing wrongful loss to the company.

Law Siew Ngoh, 55, a former Managing Director, Yap Wee Hin, 58, a former Deputy Executive Chairman, Robert Daniel Tan Kim Leng, 59, and Ng Back Heang, 62, both former executive directors of Patimas are said to have made payments totalling RM5.1 million between July to December 2010, for the purported development of various software for Patimas when in fact they were not used for such purpose.

The charges were read out before Sessions Court Judge Tuan Zaman bin Mohd Noor. All four claimed trial to the charges. Law, Yap, Daniel Tan and Ng were imposed a bail of RM200,000 with one surety and ordered to surrender their passports.

This is the first time the SC is taking a criminal action for an offence under section 317A(1) of the Capital Markets and Services Act 2007. Under this section, an officer of a listed corporation or any of its related corporation, commits an offence if he does anything or cause anyone to do anything with the intention of causing wrongful loss to the listed corporation or its related corporation. At the material time, the offence was punishable with an imprisonment term not exceeding ten years and a fine not exceeding RM10 million.