Business owners charged with submitting false claims to Socso under PenjanaKerjaya 2.0 hiring incentive programme

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 12 — A business owner was today charged at the Sessions Court with submitting false documents to the Social Security Organisation (Socso) to claim hiring incentives under the Penjana Kerjaya Programme 2.0 amounting to RM714,180.00

RR Sinergi Enterprise business proprietor Muhammad Aliff Abdul Rashid claimed trial before Shah Alam Sessions Court judges Rozilah Salleh after he was charged with six counts of allegedly submitting the Hiring Incentive Programme employee verification form to Socso agents between June and September 2021.

The seven counts were for false claims of RM106,040, RM120,440, RM58,760, RM136,840, RM207,400 and RM84,700 respectively.

Separately, business owner Muhammad Asyraf Omar was similarly charged with one count of allegedly submitting the Hiring Incentive Programme employee verification form through a third party in the same courtroom.

According to the charge sheet, Muhammad Asyraf was charged with making false claims to Socso amounting to RM42,800 as Bmine Enterprise manager on March 22, 2021.

The offences were allegedly committed by Muhammad Asyraf at Wisma Perkeso Petaling Jaya on March 22, 2021; Muhammad Aliff at Perkeso Rawang on June 12 and September 14, 2021.

The charges were framed under Section 18 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, punishable under Section 24(2) of the same Act, which carries a maximum imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the amount of the false information or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.

The court granted bail of RM5,000 to Muhammad Asyraf with one surety, while Muhammad Aliff was allowed to post RM50,000 bail, also with one surety.

The court fixed February 13 and 27 as the next mention date.

Introduced under the Budget 2021 under then prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the hiring programme is an enhanced version of the previous hiring and training programme under Socso, which promotes the creation of quality jobs and reduces unemployment among Malaysians.

Source: Malay Mail


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