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The director of UC Travel Sdn Bhd, Agus Rizal Mat Ali has pleaded guilty to the charge of promoting furada haj packages without a valid license, reports Berita Harian.
The suspect pleaded not guilty shortly after the charge was read before the Sessions Court Judge, Kamarudin Kamsun in the morning.
Based on the charge sheet, Agus is accused of advertising a fake haj organized under UC Travel Sdn Bhd on Facebook, saying that the company is allowed to conduct business transactions and conduct haj travel this year under a furada visa.
The Furada visa is an autonomous visa issued by Saudi Arabia without going through Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH).
According to the report, UC Travel Sdn Bhd did not have a pilgrimage management license from TH to carry out such activity.
The offense is charged under Section 27(1)(b) of the Tabung Haji Act 1995, which carries a one-year jail term, or a R100,000 fine on conviction.
The prosecution was handled by Deputy Public Prosecutor Nur Aqilah Ishak while Agus was represented by his lawyers, Datuk Dhanaraj and Ho Cheng En.
Bail has been set at R50,000 and Judge Kamarudin Kamsun has decided on September 8 to hear the case again.
Agus was among five people – aged between 30 and 60 – who were arrested by the police on July 7 following multiple reports for allegedly defrauding would-be haj pilgrims who were stranded at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at the same time. day.
Expressing regret over the incident, the Saudi Arabian embassy emphasized that the Saudi government had nothing to do with the incident.
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