By Hafiz Yatim | The Edge Markets
Norway-based Aker Solutions Malaysia Sdn Bhd said on Wednesday (Jan 26, 2022) that the oil and gas support services provider considers the charge against its Malaysian operating unit’s manager Mohd Yusof Ab Rahman at the Sessions Court for the alleged use of false documents to secure a licence renewal from Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) as “groundless, and a misuse of the court process” as the charge took place after the discharge of a similar case involving another manager of Aker Solutions in Malaysia in June 2021.
Aker Solutions said in a statement that the company will support Mohd Yusof in filing the necessary objections against the charge.
“Aker Solutions remains committed to cooperating with local authorities in the countries where we operate,” Aker Solutions said.
“On Jan 26, 2022, a manager of Aker Solutions in Malaysia was charged at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court for issues related to the 2017 annual return of Aker Engineering Malaysia. The manager rejects the charge, and Aker Solutions fully supports the manager’s position.
“This follows a similar charge which was brought against another manager of Aker Solutions in Malaysia in June last year, also relating to the 2017 annual return of Aker Engineering Malaysia. He was discharged in November 2021 by the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court, which found the charge to be groundless and fundamentally defective,” Aker Solutions said.
Hearing of Mohd Yusof’s case took place on Wednesday (Jan 26, 2022) before Sessions Court Judge Azura Alwi.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Deputy Public Prosecutor Law Chin How represented the prosecution.
Representing Mohd Yusof were lawyers S. Devanandan and Amer Hamzah Arshad.
Mohd Yusof pleaded not guilty after the charge was read to him before Azura.