Man jailed, faces six strokes of rotan

Hishamuddin Sulhi (second left) escorted by MACC personnel at Kuching High Court in Petra Jaya.

KUCHING: A grade N19 administrative assistant of the state Department of Islamic Development (Jakim), who was charged with criminal breach of trust, was sentenced to 12 months’ jail and six strokes of the rotan on Friday.

Sessions Court Judge Steve Ritikos meted out the sentence on Mohd Hishamuddin Sulhi, 40, after he pleaded guilty to embezzling funds belonging to the Persatuan Kakitangan Jakim Cawangan Sarawak (Perjasa) amounting to RM91,300.

The accused, who was also the chairman of Perjasa from 2015 to 2017, also pleaded guilty to six other alternative charges.

Steve also ordered all sentences to be carried out simultaneously starting immediately.

According to the facts of the case, the association secretary Norasmah Abu Nakar was instructed by its chairman (accused) to issue six cheques amounting to RM91,300 in the name of Muhammad Fadzly Sani, who acted as a runner for the accused and the accused himself in 2017.

MACC deputy public prosecutor Nur Nisla Abdul Latif prosecuted the case.