July 29, 2010 18:50 PM
Dr Ling Charged With Cheating Malaysian Government
PUTRAJAYA, July 29 (Bernama) -- A former transport minister and once MCA president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik was charged in the Sessions Court here Thursday with cheating the Malaysian government by misleading the Cabinet on the land acquisition for the Mega Distribution Hub project in Port Klang.
Dr Ling, 67, who held the post of transport minister for 14 years from January 1986 until May 2000, pleaded not guilty to a principal charge and an alternative charge under Section 418 and Section 417 of the Penal Code.
Judge Suzana Hussin granted bail of RM1 million with one surety. The court also fixed Sept 3 for mention of the case.
Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail headed the prosecution team, assisted by the Head of the Prosecution Division, Datuk Tun Majid Tun Hamzah, Dzulkifli Ahmad and Manoj Kurup while Dr Ling was represented by counsel Datuk R.R. Sethu.
Journalists and photographers, who had been waiting at the court grounds since morning following news that a dignitary would be charged, only knew the identity of the VIP when Dr Ling arrived at 4.36pm together with his wife, Toh Puan Ena Ling.
Wearing a blue striped shirt, Dr Ling entered the court at 4.43pm and straight away sat in the dock for the accused.