Kuala Lumpur: A former executive of the
educational arm of Malaysia`s largest ethnic Indian party has
been charged with cheating and fraud involving a sum of four
million ringgit, an offence that carries a term of up to 10
P Chithirakala, the former chief executive officer of
the Maju Institute of Educational Development (MIED), the
educational arm of the Malaysian Indian Congress, was charged
in the Sessions Court here with three counts of cheating.
The 39-year-old mother for four kids has been accused
of cheating former MIC treasurer-general M Mahalingam, 74, who
was a director and signatory of MIED Sdn Bhd, by deceiving him
to believe that a one million ringgit cheque was for a loan
She was also charged similarly for other frauds,
offences to which Chithirakala pleaded not guilty.
The offence carries a jail sentence of not less than
one year and up to a maximum 10 years` jail, and a whipping.
Chithirakala hit the headlines last year when she
alleged that the MIC had misappropriated a government
allocation meant to help the hardcore poor Indian community.
On Nov 3 last year, she filed three defamation suits
against MIC president S Samy Vellu, his wife R Indrani, and
the publisher of a Tamil daily and its editor-in-chief K
Padmanabhan for making derogatory remarks against her and her
MIED is the educational arm of the MIC and was
incorporated on Feb 29, 1984.