Former Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) examination director Khalid Yusoff has no authority to alter the marks in the July 2001 CLP examination master list, a High Court heard.
Khalid, 57, a former law school dean at UiTM, was jailed three months for forgery and cheating in the July 2001 CLP examination master list.
Sessions Court judge Harmindar Singh Dhaliwal, who had found Khalid guilty of the two charges on July 24, 2007, ordered him to serve three months’ jail for each charge.
On the first charge, Khalid was said to have forged the master list with the intention of using it for cheating at the board’s office on the 27th floor, Menara Tun Razak, between August 2001 and Sept 13, 2001.
He had allegedly cheated the board by deceiving it into believing that the July 2001 CLP examination results reflected the actual marks given by the examiners, and inducing it into endorsing the master list.
Yesterday, DPP Raja Rozela submitted that Khalid had ignored a scheme of marking and grading and upgraded marks for some CLP candidates beyond the existing guideline.
“He gave a pass to certain candidates without approval of the board when they do not qualify to be legal practitioners.
“The appellant told the board in late November that he was mandated to help bumiputra candidates and to maintain the pass percentage of CLP examination at 30%.
“Those were the reasons why he altered the marks but that policy was not adopted by the board,” she argued.
Akbardin submitted that the trial judge also erred in law when he failed to direct his mind to the fact that the then chairman of the qualifying board, the late Tan Sri Mohtar Abdullah, was well aware of the moderation process.
Besides, he said that Mohtar’s witness statement tendered to court by the prosecution had clearly absolved Khalid of any wrongdoing.
Judicial Commissioner Zainal Azman Ab. Aziz set April 20 for continuation of the hearing of the appeal.
Is this the kind of NEP Umno nurtured ?