Datasonic mulls counter-claim against Fima

By FARA AISYAH / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

Datasonic Group Bhd’s wholly owned subsidiary, Datasonic Technologies Sdn Bhd (DTSB), is considering a counter-claim against Fima Corp Bhd’s wholly owned subsidiary, Percetakan Keselamatan Nasional Sdn Bhd (PKN), over the latter’s claim on RM24.98 million in unpaid dues.

In an exchange filing to Bursa Malaysia yesterday, the information and communication technology solutions provider said it has instructed its solicitors to look into the disagreement over the price of 1.5 million Malaysian Passport booklets, and will make the appropriate announcements to Bursa Malaysia Securities Bhd as and when there are material developments in relation thereof.

“As advised by the company’s solicitors, the company reserves all rights to claim against PKN for damages arising from the claim and is contemplating a counter-claim for the same.

“PKN is now claiming a sum of RM24.98 million (excluding interest and cost). However, the final amount payable will be ascertain by the court,” the filing stated.

DTSB is of the opinion that the final settlement sum will be far less than what is claimed by PKN, as it has meritorious defences against the claim, but would nevertheless disclose a contingent liability of approximately RM5 million, should the court decide wholly in PKN’s favour.

In addition, DTSB said PKN had voluntarily delivered the Malaysian Passport booklets to DTSB with full knowledge that the terms of the agreement between PKN and DTSB have not been agreed to between the parties, and that the agreement has not been executed.

Furthermore, the price of the Malaysian Passport booklets supplied by PKN to DTSB has not been agreed and is still the subject of negotiation.

The booklets were supplied by PKN to DTSB as DTSB was the subcontractor for the interim period of six months from Dec 1, 2016, to May 31, 2017, before the Malaysian Passport booklets were fully printed by DTSB.

DTSB said it has not received any writ of summons from PKN as of yesterday although Fima said the company had commenced a High Court action against DTSB on Monday.

“The company wishes to announce that it has been made aware through TheEdge Financial Daily yesterday that PKN has launched a legal action against DTSB, claiming RM24.98 million, although no such writ of summons has been received by DTSB up to the time of this announcement,” it noted.

Meanwhile, PKN said DTSB has refused, failed and/or neglected to pay the outstanding amount as at July 30, 2018.

The board of PKN is also of the opinion that it is necessary for the company to pursue the civil suit to best protect its interest.