KOTA KINABAL: A day after being charged with cheating, former Labuan MP Datuk Suhaili Abdul Rahman pleaded not guilty in the Magistrate's Court here on April 14, 2009 to making a false statement in a statutory declaration 14 years ago.
The 48-year-old Labuan Umno chairman is charged with making a false statement before Justice of the Peace Mohd Naser Mohd Noor at the JP's office here for the purpose of registering Saraequity Sdn Bhd on Aug 3, 1995.
If convicted under section 193 of the Penal Code, he faces a jail term of up to three years with whipping and liability of a fine.Magistrate Noor Hafizah Mohd Salim allowed the application by deputy public prosecutor Kevin Morais to transfer the case to the Sessions Court.
No bail was given.
Suhaili was represented by counsel Rakhbir Singh.
The day earlier, Suhaili, whose term as Labuan Corporation chairman expired on March 31, pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court to cheating a bank manager by using someone else's identity card to act as a guarantor for a RM160,000 bank loan in 1996.
The trial was fixed from Feb 8 to 12 next year.The politician who was dropped in the 2008 general election and replaced by Yusuf Mahal for the Labuan seat, has been in the news in the past few years for different reasons, including the death of his wife in October last year, following a botched liposuction surgery. BERNAMA