Q&M Dental said on Wednesday that a Johor Bahru dentist and his wife, a former Mrs. Malaysia Universe pageant winner and general manager of the Q&M Johor clinics, were found guilty of contempt of court in July for violating court orders.
Those orders included injunctions against taking possession of Q&M property, being within 200 meters of Q&M’s Johor dental clinics, interfering with the company’s business or intimidating staff, Q&M said in a filing to SGX after the market close on Wednesday. Hong and Chong breached the orders on various occasions from 14 June 2016 to 4 August 2016, according to Q&M.
Dr. Matthew Hong An Liang, who was a director and dentist at Q&M Johor, and his wife, Chong Lee Lee, allegedly breached agreements with the company, including allegedly transferring company funds to their personal accounts and allegedly setting up a competing business located behind one the Q&M Johor clinics, the dental clinic chain said in a filing to SGX in February of 2017.
Hong was also singled out for alleged criminal force against and criminally intimidating at least one employee and as a result, the public prosecutor in Malaysia had brought charges, the company added.
Shenton Wire’s email to Hong’s dental clinic for comment, which was sent after office hours, wasn’t immediately returned.
Hong was suspended from Q&M Johor in June 2016 and Chong was relieved of her duties as general manager in July 2016, Q&M had previously said, citing “improprieties.”
In July 2018, Hong was found guilty by the Johor Bahru High Court of 17 charges or acts of contempt, while Chong was found guilty of 16 charges or acts of contempt, Q&M said.
It added that in August, the High Court ruled the acts of contempt were “serious in nature,” and sentenced Hong a cumulative fine of 125,000 ringgit, and if in default, to be sentenced to 50 months imprisionment, while Chong was fined a cumulative fine of 105,000 ringgit and if in default, to be sentenced to 42 months imprisonment. They were also ordered to pay 40,000 ringgit for the company’s legal costs.
Q&M said “it was understood” that both paid their fines and avoided the custodial sentences.
The statement didn’t say whether the awarded legal costs were paid.
This article has been updated since its original publication.