Former WCT Deputy MD Ordered To Pay RM2.5 Million To SC

Securities Commission Malaysia has successfully proven an insider trading case against Goh Chin Liong, former deputy managing director of WCT Bhd, and Leong Ah Chai, director of Ara Holdings Sdn Bhd.

In the suit filed in 2015, the SC claimed that Goh, 63, and Leong, 62, had breached sections 188(2) and 188(3) of the Capital Markets and Services Act 2007 when Goh communicated material non-public information to Leong. The latter then disposed of a total of 1,640,000 WCT shares in Ara Holdings’ trading account between 2 and 5 January

At the material time, Goh was the deputy managing director of WCT. The material non-public information was in relation to the cancellation of a contract for the proposed construction of the “Nad Al Sheba Dubai Racecourse” in Dubai, United Arab
Emirates, which was awarded to a joint-venture company set up by WCT and one Arabtec Construction LLC. At the material time, Leong was a director of Ara Holdings, which was one of the 30 largest shareholders in WCT.

Both were ordered to pay the SC a sum of RM2,542,184.70. This is equivalent to three times the losses avoided by Ara Holdings through Leong as a result of insider trading. The High Court also ordered both defendants to each pay a civil penalty of RM300,000 and awarded costs of RM75,000 each to the SC.

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