Khalid Yusoff & the CLP

BERNAMA

Former CLP director loses appeal 2009/04/21

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court yesterday upheld the three-month jail sentence imposed on former Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) examination director Khalid Yusoff. In dismissing Khalid’s appeal against conviction and sentence, judicial commissioner Zainal Azman Abdul Aziz said the Sessions Court’s decision on July 31, 2007, was accurate. Khalid, 57, also former Law Faculty dean of Universiti Teknologi Mara, was convicted of altering the results of CLP examination for financial benefit at the Legal Profession Qualifying Board office in Menara Tun Razak, Jalan Raja Laut, between August and September 2001. He was also found guilty of cheating the board into believing that the examination master list contained marks given by examiners. Khalid was in court throughout the appeal proceedings after he was released on RM20,000 bail in one surety. Zainal also allowed counsel Jagjit Singh’s application for a stay of execution pending an appeal to the Court of Appeal. Zainal said he had taken three issues into consideration, whether the accused knew of the exam’s marking and grading scheme, whether he had altered the marks by himself and whether his action to alter the marks was against the marking and grading scheme. He said Khalid had taken over the position from Professor Datuk P. Balan and had been briefed about the examination process for a month. “The marking and grading scheme is an important aspect of the exam and it is hard to believe that the accused did not know anything about the scheme,” said Zainal. He added that a witness, Hanizah Dol, who was the board’s typist, had testified that Khalid had altered the marks using a pen on the master list and asked her to type the new marks. “He also did not disclose details on why he had tampered with the marks during a meeting with the Qualifying Board on Sept 13, 2001.” Deputy public prosecutor Raja Rozela Raja Toran appeared for prosecution

Bernama.com Malaysian National News Agency

Officer Unable To Establish Motive Why CLP Exam Marks Tampered With

June 14, 2006 21:31 PM KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 (Bernama) — An investigating officer told the Sessions Court Wednesday he could not establish the motive for former examination director of the Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) Khalid Yusoff to tamper with the marks of the 2001 CLP main examination results. DSP Rusdi Mohd Isa, 38, of the Commercial Crimes Department said he interviewed 31 people, including candidates who sat for the examination, but was unable to establish Khalid’s motive. Cross-examined by Khalid’s counsel, Akbardin Abdul Kader, Rusdi said his investigation revealed that Khalid also did not receive any gratification from the candidates for what he had done. Rusdi was testifying at the trial of CLP examination director Khalid, 51, who is charged with tampering with the results of the 2001 CLP examination for pecuniary gain at the board’s office at Menara Tun Razak in Jalan Raja Laut between August and Sept 13, 2001. Khalid is also charged with deceiving the Qualifying Board into believing that the examination’s master list contained marks awarded by CLP examiners and inducing the board to approve the list, at the same place on Sept 13, 2001. Rusdi told the court that he personally went through a total of 655 answer scripts of the July 2001 examination after receiving a police report from CLP board secretary Datuk Abdul Wahab Said Ahmad at the Dang Wangi police station on alleged tampering of marks by Khalid. Questioned further by Akbardin, Rusdi said his investigation revealed that marks of 300 to 350 answer scripts were tampered with based on his comparison of the marks awarded by the examiners on the original answer scripts with the `master list’ submitted by Khalid to the board on Sept 13, 2001. The investigating officer also said that he was not aware that initial results of the July 2001 examination showed that only 11.81 per cent of the candidates passed and after the `moderation’ by the review committee headed by Khalid, the results were revised to 25.17 per cent. Rusdi said he was aware that the review committee was headed by Khalid, besides two other senior examiners, Saseedharan Menon and K. Chandra, who had attended a meeting at the CLP office on Sept 11, 2001, which lasted from 6pm to about 3am the following day. “Both of them told me they were there after Khalid contacted them to discuss the initial results whereby the examination director was not happy with the poor results and Khalid carried out a moderation on the marks,” he said. On whether Chandra had played significant roles in assisting Khalid in carrying out the moderation, Rusdi said he was not aware of the matter. Judge Harmindar Singh Dhaliwal set June 22 for the prosecution and defence to make their submissions. —

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