71-year-old businessman charged with illegal use of Kelantan royal title


PETALING JAYA: A 71-year-old businessman, who claimed to be a Kelantan royalty, was charged with using a royal title without the state palace's permission three years ago.

Tengku Iskandar Tengku Ahmad pleaded not guilty when the charges were read before Judge Mohd Kamil Nizam at the Sessions Court here today.

He was charged with using the title of ‘Yang Maha Mulia’ without the permission from Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad V in a letter dated Aug 31, 2014, signed by him, named as 'Yang Maha Mulia Tengku Iskandar Tengku Ahmad Panglima Raja'.

He was charged under Section 3(1)(a) of the Kelantan Enactment 1977, Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) which carries a maximum of RM1,000 fine upon conviction.

Tengku Iskandar was also charged with signing a document with ‘Pertubuhan Kerabat Diraja Long Yunus’ letterhead to allow his driver Chai Kok Leong, 51, to use his Mercedes Benz bearing the registration number of WA 45 J.

The registration of ‘Pertubuhan Kerabat Diraja Long Yunus’ was revoked by Registrar of Societies (Ros) on Feb 11, 2014.

The offence, under Section 48(1) of the Societies Act 1966, carries a maximum five years’ jail, RM15,000 fine, or both, upon conviction.

He was alleged to have committed the offences at his company DU Tyre Sdn Bhd, No. 27, Jalan SS 21/1A Damansara Utama, here at 3pm on Aug 31, 2014.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Awang Armadajaya Awang Mahmud had asked for RM5,000 bail with one surety to be imposed for both charges.

However, Tengku Iskandar’s lawyer Datuk Joshua Sambanthan pleaded for a lower bail, saying that his client was related to the Kelantan royalty and had contributed a lot to the people of state.

The court then set bail at RM4,000 with one surety and fixed July 24 for re-mention.