Supermax rebounds after plunging 16.5% as chief faces insider trading charge

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KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 16): Glove maker Supermax Corp Bhd rebounded six sen or 3.7% after plunging 16.5% yesterday as its chief faces insider trading charges.

The Securities Commission (SC) had charged Supermax executive chairman and group managing director Datuk Seri Stanley Thai for insider trading involving APL Industries Bhd (APLI) shares. APLI is a former unit of Supermax.

The SC also charged Thai's spouse Tan Bee Geok and Bee Geok’s sister Tan Bee Hong for insider trading involving APLI shares.

Today, Supermax was traded at RM1.68 at 10.21am after rising as much as 11 sen or 7% to RM1.73 earlier. The FBM KLCI fell 7.31 points or 0.4%.  

Yesterday, Supermax shares fell 32 sen or 16.5% to close at RM1.62. Weak broader market sentiment also weighed on its share price.

The KLCI declined 35.68 points or 2.06% to close at 1,697.31 points.

In a press statement yesterday, the SC said Thai, 54, was charged at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court for communicating non-public information between October 26 and 29, 2007 to Tiong Kiong Choon, a remisier with a stock broking company.

Tiong was earlier charged by the SC last Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court for disposing of 6.2 million APLI shares on October 26 and 29, 2007 while in possession of the information.

In addition, the SC also charged Thai’s spouse Bee Geok for communicating non-public information to Bee Hong between October 23 and 31, 2007.

The regulator alleged that Bee Hong had on October 31, 2007 sold 350,000 APLI shares held in her account while in possession of the information.