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Thursday, May 18, 2017

In Bafia trial, bank officer denies printing NFC account details



A senior officer from Public Bank has denied at the Shah Alam Sessions Court today of printing documents in relation to the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) and its chairperson Mohamad Salleh Ismail.
Witness Cheam Chen Hooi, who was attached to the Jinjang Public Bank branch in 2012, acknowledged that the printouts pertaining to NFC, Salleh, Agroscience Sdn Bhd and National Meatworks Livestock Corporation Sdn Bhd were done using his login identity but denied printing them.
“I have never seen these documents before. They are not Jinjang Public Bank customers. They have never been our branch customers,” he testified.
Cheam's login identity, known as "CCH", was purportedly used in the bank's branch delivery system (BDS) to access the customer profile balance summary of financial accounts which were only accessible through the system by using former clerk Johari Mohamad's computer.
On Tuesday, the bank's general manager for the IT division, Fam Yoke Fong, testified that the purported confidential accounts of NFC, Salleh, Agroscience and National Meatworks and another document were printed using Johari's computer via Cheam's ID.
Johari, along with Pandan MP and PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli, are charged under Section 97 of the Banking and Financial Institutions Act 1989 (Bafia) over disclosure of four accounts linked to NFC and Salleh.
Cheam was the 13th prosecution witness. DPP Steve Chin Yun Cheong referred to him a press release issued by PKR containing the accounts, but Cheam said he had never seen those documents before but recognised the format of the account which looked like from the bank's BDS.
The 34-year-old witness, who is an assistant manager of a Public Bank branch, was also shown the press release containing the four accounts but denied having dealt with those companies or Salleh.
Only officers have access to BDS
Cheam told the court that on Feb 16, 2012, he had a heavy workload and needed Johari's assistance to print out his work.
DPP: Do officers in the bank have access to BDS?
Cheam: Yes, they do but non-officers (like clerks) have restrictive access as they can't see the customers' balance but could see their names. I have access using my ID and my own password.
DPP: Through whose PCs you had access that day?
Cheam: I accessed through my PC first, then when I wanted to print out something, I used Johari's PC. Johari who was working under me helped me with my job.
DPP: Why that particular time you needed Johari's help?
Cheam: I needed his assistance to print as my workload was heavy that day. I also did administration work and that was why I needed clerks to help out to increase our efficiency.
The witness explained that he used the BDS on Johari's PC as it could also print and scan.
Cheam also referred to a CCTV recording which was tendered as evidence, where it showed he used the BDS on Johari's computer twice, between 9.23am and 9.54am on that day.
He explained that the BDS would automatically log out after five minutes if there was no activity.
When cross-examined by Johari's lawyer Latheefa Koya, Cheam admitted that his conduct of using the BDS on Johari's computer constituted a breach of the bank's regulations to which he was penalised.
Latheefa: Isn't this a breach?
Cheam: Yes, it was a breach and the management had taken action against me where my bonus was halved. However, I trusted Johari to assist me as he had been working with the bank for a long time, more than 10 years, while I worked with him at the branch for over a year.

He reiterated that he did not share his user ID or password with Johari or any other staff but it happened on that day as he needed Johari's help.
“If Johari had logged out, I can access it using my ID to use the computer,” Cheam added.
During re-examination by the DPP, Cheam said he had no bad intention in breaching the bank's rules.
The hearing continues before Sessions judge Zamri Bakar on Monday.- Mkini

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