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Thursday, July 19, 2012

The price for failing to take or instruct legal action..


From thestar.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: The former CEO of Sime Darby Bhd was slapped with two counts of criminal breach of trust involving about RM100 million over the acquisition of native customary rights land (NCR) in Sarawak.

In the first charge, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zubair @ Ahmad Zubir Murshid was said to have dishonestly failed to take or instruct legal action to rectify the award of the NCR lands to Vertical DRive Sdn Bhd, causing Sime Darby losses amounting to RM85 million.

He was charged with an alternative charge of cheating Sime Darby's board of directors by omitting to inform the Board that the land had been awarded to Vertical Drive, thus causing wrongful loss to Sime Darby.

In a second charge, the 55-year old was charged with failing to take legal action to rectify the award of the NCR land to Nature Ambience Sdn Bhd, causing Sime Darby losses of RM16.8 million.

In the alternative charge, Zubir is said to have cheated the Board of Directors by omitting to inform the Board that the land had been awarded to Nature Ambience,  causing wrongful loss to Sime Darby.

He claimed trial to all the charges.

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This is great news to all in house legal counsels. Lepas nasihatkan depa to take action, kita selamat, so long as ada black and white. I know some friends yang make copies of their legal advise untuk simpan di rumah. Lebih selamat. Sebab apa-apa hal sekalipun, yang kelak akan dijadikan scapegoat adalah lawyers - macam skandal PKFZ - orang kena tuduh conveniently jawab dalam mahkamah bahawa Jabatan Peguam Negara tak advise untuk ambil tindakan. Sesungguhnya files or legal opinion letters boleh "hilang" secara misteri. Macam misteri nusantara. Dulu pernah terdengar juga kawan-kawan yang menerima arahan dari pihak atasan syarikat sendiri bahawa, orang-orang tertentu yang dah sah buat salah pada syarikat "dikecualikan" dari diambil tindakan. Now why not we get confirmation in writing from these people, "arahan" depa as if syarikat ini depa yang punya. Esok kalau kena naik mahkamah, these evidence will be relevant.

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