Friday, August 6

Seremban man charged with illegal money-lending


KOTA KINABALU: A man from Seremban was charged in the Magistrate’s Court here yesterday for alleged involvement in ‘loan shark’ activities.

Lee Kah Tong, 37, pleaded not guilty before magistrate Stephanie Sherron Abbie, who set July 22 for case management.

Lee is alleged to be involved in illegal money-lending activities somewhere around March, this year, at a premises in Metro Town, Jalan Lintas, with another person who is still at large.

The charge for carrying out money-lending without a licence under Section 5 (2) of the Moneylenders Act 1951 is punishable with a fine of between RM20,000 and RM100,000, or a maximum of five years’ jail, or both, upon conviction.

Prosecuting officer Inspector Lim Swee Beng proposed a bail of RM20,000 and two local sureties for the accused. The court, however, released him on RM10,000 bail with two local sureties.

The same court yesterday convicted three men and a woman of drug offences under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

In the first case, magistrate Stephanie sentenced Jonathan Yong Ke Cheng, 24, to four months’ jail for possession of 0.01 gram of ketamine.

The charge framed under Section 12 of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 is punishable with a fine of up to RM100,000 or imprisonment of up to five years, or both, upon conviction.

Jonathan admitted to possession of the drugs at a house in Taman Somerset, Jalan Nosoob, Penampang on April 1, this year.

Magistrate Stephanie also fined Azis Lino Mushi, 20, Hamid Ajijul, 55, and Nurul Farinah Zamal, 20, RM1,500 each, in default, two months’ jail, for consuming syabu.

The offence under Section 15 (1) (a) of the Act is punishable with a fine of up to RM5,000 or a maximum two years’ imprisonment.

The trio were arrested between May 28 and May 31, this year, at Kampung Air, Kampung Lokub and Bandaran Berjaya.

The court also ordered all the accused to be placed under two years of police supervision after serving their sentences.