Kuala Lumpur, 10 January 2014
SC Charges Former MPAC CEO for Insider Trading

The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) today charged Dato’ Ch’ng Chong Poh, the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Malaysia Pacific Corporation Berhad (MPAC) with 58 counts of insider trading of MPAC shares between 14 May 2008 and 20 August 2008.

All 58 charges preferred against Dato’ Ch’ng were for offences under Section 188(2) of the Capital Markets and Services Act 2007. Dato’ Ch’ng had allegedly acquired the MPAC shares ahead of the entering into of a multi-million ringgit joint venture project between Oriental Pearl City Properties Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of MPAC and Amanahraya Development Sdn Bhd (ADSB), a wholly owned subsidiary of Amanah Raya Berhad, to undertake and manage several projects in the Iskandar Development Region in Johor.

The offences carry a punishment of mandatory imprisonment not exceeding 10 years and a fine of not less than RM1 million.

Dato’ Ch’ng claimed trial to the charges preferred.  Sessions Court judge, Tuan Mat Ghani bin Abdullah who set bail at RM300,000 with one(1) surety also required Dato’ Ch’ng to surrender his international passport to the court.

The SC views insider trading seriously and will continue to actively enforce such breaches to maintain investor confidence in the capital market.