Charges dropped following payment of compounds

Kuala Lumpur, 1 August 2000

The Securities Commission (SC) has withdrawn charges against Chua Goon Eng also known as Dato' Franky Chua, and Malaysian International Merchant Bankers Bhd (MIMB), after the two paid the compounds of RM300,000 each for offences related to corporate submissions made to the SC under Section 32B of the Securities Commission Act 1993.

Both were compounded by the SC with the consent of the Public Prosecutor. In line with section 39C of the Securities Commission Act 1993 (SCA), after they paid the compound, charges against them were withdrawn and both were acquitted by the court. In accordance with section 39C(3) of the SCA, moneys received are paid into the Federal Consolidated Fund.

Chua who is a director of Franky Capital Bhd pleaded not guilty on 7 March 2000 to providing false statement to the SC in relation to the company's proposed flotation on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange in 1997. The charge under section 32B(1)(a)(aa) of the SCA was withdrawn on 22 July 2000 after he paid the compound.

In an unrelated case, on 5 July 2000, MIMB claimed trial to the charge of submitting to the SC information from which there was a material omission while acting as adviser to Associated Kaolin Industries Bhd (AKI) in relation to a bonds issue exercise undertaken by AKI in 1997. The charge under section 32B(1)(b)(bb) of the SCA was withdrawn on 26 July 2000, after the compound was paid.


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