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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Aker Solutions’ VP seeks to strike out cheating charge


A senior vice-president of Norway’s largest oil services firm will seek to strike out his cheating case linked to the bumiputera status of its Malaysian unit, according to a deputy public prosecutor.

Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin told Malaysiakini today that Ahmad Hatta Kamaruzzaman will raise the striking-out application before the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court tomorrow.

On June 11, Bernama reported that Ahmad Hatta, 50, who is the senior vice-president of Aker Solutions Group, claimed trial to a charge of duping national oil producer Petronas, over the bumiputera status of the Malaysian unit of the Norwegian firm.

The case is fixed for mention before the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court tomorrow morning.

“They (Ahmad Hatta’s defence team) will raise the application (during tomorrow’s case mention) to strike out the charge.

“We (prosecution) will be ready with counter-arguments against the application,” Wan Shaharuddin said this afternoon.

Malaysiakini is attempting to reach out to Ahmad Hatta’s legal team over the matter.

Ahmad Hatta, as an agent of Aker Solutions Group, is alleged to have intentionally submitted documents to hoodwink Petronas.

According to the charge, the offence was allegedly committed in order to get Aker Engineering Malaysia be listed as a qualified company with bumiputera status, when the accused allegedly knew that it was not true.

Ahmad Hatta (above), who is also the head of Aker Engineering Malaysia, was alleged to have committed cheating by concealing the true status of the share ownerships of the Malaysian unit.

He was alleged to have committed the offence in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 7, 2018.

Section 417 of the Penal Code states a jail term of up to five years, or fine, or both penalties, if he is convicted.

Previously, Reuters reported that MACC was investigating one of Aker Solutions’s managers, over allegations of false representations to win licences from Petronas that are usually reserved for companies that abide by Malaysia’s bumiputera quota requirements.

The Norwegian old services firm also came into the public spotlight over allegations of judicial fixing that have rocked Malaysia’s legal fraternity. - Mkini

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