KUANTAN: A car painter claimed trial at the sessions court here today to possessing tools for the production of counterfeit money and keeping fake ringgit notes at a house in Taman Alor Akar here, on Oct 5.

Muhammad Cheong Abdullah, 34, also pleaded not guilty to a second charge of possessing more than one identity card (MyKad) when the charges were read to him before judge Siti Aminah Ghazali.

For the first charge, the father-of-one was charged with possessing several tools to produce counterfeit notes, 42 counterfeit RM50 bank notes, and six fake RM100 bank notes, which he had planned to use as genuine tender.

In the second charge, he was accused of possessing more than one MyKad as a legal identification document.

Both the alleged offences were committed at a house in Taman Alor Akar at about 3.45pm on Oct 5.

Cheong was charged under Section 489 (D) of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum penalty of 20-year imprisonment, and a fine; while for the second offence, he was charged under Regulation 25 (1) (e) of the National Registration Regulations 1990 (amended 2007) which provides for a maximum fine of RM20,000, or a jail term of up to three years, or both, if convicted.

In mitigation, Cheong, who was not represented, told the court he earns RM1,000 a month from his job as a car painter and has to take care of his wife, mother and child.

Siti Aminah set bail at RM12,000 in one surety for both offences and fixed Nov 14 for mention.

Cheong, who was standing in the dock, confirmed his bail amount with the court before signalling the amount with his hands to his mother and family members who were seated in the public gallery. Seconds later, his family members were seen rushing out of the court room.

The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Farahah Mohd Nazari.

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(File pix) Muhammad Cheong Abdullah (second from left) at Kuantan Court Complex today. Pix by Farizul Hafiz Awang

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