by TMR / pic by TMR FILE
WRP Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd’s (WRP) former CEO Datuk Lee Son Hong claimed trial today at the Shah Alam Criminal Sessions Court to three charges under Section 18 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 and eight charges for criminal breach of trust (CBT) under Section 409 of the Penal Code filed by the Attorney General’s chambers involving transactions valued at over RM145 million.
Lee’s wife, Datin Too Sooi Keng, also claimed trial to seven charges for abetment under Section 109 of the Penal Code for criminal breach of trust involving transactions valued at over RM108 million.
The charges follow raids conducted at WRP’s premises by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in June this year to investigate allegations of misappropriations of funds.
Special Counsel for WRP Mathew Thomas Philip said the company has willingly cooperated with MACC and shall continue to be transparent about its operations in the future.
“We are pleased that the authorities are proceeding with the levelling of criminal charges against Lee and Too, for the misappropriation of funds and criminal breach of trust during an extended period of time while the organisation was under their stewardship,” he said in a statement.
The new board of directors (BoD) who took control of WRP earlier this year, ordered for Lee’s removal while instructing Thomas Philip to file a suit against him for fraudulently paying his two privately-owned companies, Advanced Medical Products Sdn Bhd and Advanced Healthcare Products Sdn Bhd, approximately RM129 million and RM378 million respectively.
A further case for fraud involving RM8.4 million was also filed by the BoD against Lee for purported personal advances paid to Tower Success Group Ltd.