Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s former personal driver confirmed in court today that the former minister directed him to bank in an RM2 million cheque made out to Tadmansori Holdings Sdn Bhd in 2016.
Nik Yahaya Nik Mustapha, who drove for Tengku Adnan from 1994 to June 2018, also said he had received the cheque in June that year.
“I refer to the Hong Leong Islamic Bank cheque with cheque number 136822 amounting to RM2 million dated June 14, 2016, from Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd to Tadmansori Holdings Sdn Bhd and confirm that I received the cheque from Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan on June 14, 2016, in his office,” he told the High Court here today during Tengku Adnan’s trial.
“Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan asked me to deposit this cheque to Tadmansori’ account number 8001179747,” the 54-year-old added, confirming that he had done as instructed.
Tengku Adnan was earlier identified as the primary shareholder of Tadmansori.
Witness Muhammad Akmaludin Abdullah from the Companies Commission of Malaysia testified that Tadmansori was founded on August 25, 1987, as an investment company and that Tengku Adnan was the largest shareholder.
Yahaya said it was he who wrote the Tadmansori account number, as well as his own phone number, at the back of the cheque.
However, he then claimed to have no other knowledge of the cheque, saying he did not know why it was issued or the person who issued it.
He also could not recall other instances where he had cashed cheques for Tengku Adnan.
Yahaya agreed with Tengku Adnan’s lawyer, Tan Hock Chuan, who said that two by-elections had been held around that time for the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar parliamentary seats.
He said he had also driven Tengku Adnan, who was Umno secretary-general at the time, to Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar.
Umno won both by-elections, which were called following the deaths of the MPs Noriah Kasnon and Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad in a helicopter crash.
The prosecution had said in its opening statement that Tengku Adnan allegedly received the RM2 million for by-election purposes from Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd director Chai Kin Kong.
Yahaya said he worked as Tengku Adnan’s driver for more than 24 years before resigning in June last year.
He agreed with Tan who also said that his former boss was a generous person who always gave cash assistance to those in need.
Witness Daman Huri Nor from the Parliament and Constitution Affairs Section of the Prime Minister’s Department said Tengku Adnan was paid RM39,227.20 per month in salary and allowances during his time as federal territories minister.
Today is the first day of Tengku Adnan’s trial over his alleged receipt of an RM2 million bribe from property developer Aset Kayamas’ director Tan Sri Chai Kin Kong in the form of the company’s cheque to Tadmansori Holdings Sdn Bhd.
The trial before High Court judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan will resume tomorrow morning.
Hearing started today and is expected to continue until this Thursday, with other trial dates scheduled from July 9 to 11, 16 to 18, 29 and August 1 to 2.
Earlier report: July 2, Tengku Adnan Got RM2M to Fund By-Election