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Sabahan Tycoon Michael Chia sentenced to jail, whipping for cheating

Timber tycoon Michael Chia is sentenced a one-year jail term and one stroke of the rotan for a decade-old cheating scandal involving some RM2.5 million. — AFP pic


KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 ― Sabah timber tycoon Michael Chia Thien Foh was sentenced to a one-year jail term and one stroke of the rotan today after a Sandakan Sessions Court found him guilty in a decade-old cheating scandal involving some RM2.5 million.

--> Chia ― who has previously been alleged to have close ties to the Sabah administration led by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman ― was charged with tricking Datuk Agus Hassan of RM2.5 million in a logging-related matter in 2004 by claiming that it was meant for Umno’s political funds.


The court, however, allowed an application by Chia’s lawyer Rowiena Rashid to defer the sentence while he files for an appeal at the High Court, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said in a statement today.

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