A Former Malaysian Soldier Who Embezzled RM50,000 Was Sentenced To 197 Years In Jail

He was also ordered 79 strokes of the rotan.

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A 28-year-old ex-army corporal was on Thursday sentenced to a total of 197 years and six months' in jail and 79 strokes of the rotan after he pleaded guilty to 79 counts of misappropriation of property

According to a report in The Star Online, Musa Md Dawi pleaded guilty to dishonestly submitting a total of 53 payment vouchers of allocations for the Special Warfare Training Centre (Pulpak) in Sungai Udang Camp in the name of 79 people.

He falsified the names of non-existent people and misappropriated RM50,238.10, of which he deposited RM46,281.10 to his bank accounts, RM3,067.60 into the bank account of Anuar Bolhassan and RM889.40 into the bank account of Mohd Ramdan Mohd Sani. The funds were meant for Pulpak travelling allowance and leave claims.

The ex-army corporal from the Specialised Military Combat Training centre in Sungai Udang, however, will only serve 30 months in jail

Sessions Court judge Mohd Nasir Nordin ordered Musa's sentence to run concurrently from the date of sentencing, which is on Thursday, 29 March. He will receive one stroke of the rotan for each of the 79 charges.

According to Bernama, Musa committed the offences at Pulpak Budget Office, Sungai Udang Camp, two years ago, between 25 April to 1 July 2016.

Musa being escorted out after his sentencing.

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Musa, who was charged under Section 403 of the Penal Code, was unrepresented. The ex-army corporal said he had to support his wife and parents, who were suffering from heart disease.

Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Irwan Shah Abdul Samat from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), who was prosecuting the case, said Musa had also absconded and failed to appear in court for remention of the case and trial necessitating a warrant of arrest, reported Bernama.

The DPP asked for a deterrent sentence as a lesson for Musa and society since he had "failed to live up to his responsibilities as a civil servant and military personnel."

Prior to this, a former DBKL Executive Director (Project Management) was sentenced to eight months in jail for eight charges of using his position to secure eight condominium units:

Meanwhile, the High Court on 29 March sentenced the 'Datin', who pleaded guilty to abusing her Indonesian maid under Section 326, to eight years in jail. It set aside a lower court's non-custodial sentence which had placed the 'Datin' on a good behaviour bond:

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