The High Court heard that Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor normally handed out more than RM100,000 in cash advances to Umno every month.
Tengku Adnan’s former private secretary, Datuk Mohd Rahimi Rejab, said this on Tuesday (July 9) under cross-examination by defence counsel, Datuk Tan Hock Chuan.
Rahimi, who served the former Federal Territories minister from 2003 to 2018, was the 10th witness to be called to the bribery trial of Tengku Adnan.
The former Federal Territories minister and now Umno treasurer general was charged on Jan 23, 2019, for allegedly receiving RM2mil in bribery from Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd chairman, Tan Sri Chai Kin Kong.
Quizzed by Tan, Rahimi confirmed that Tengku Adnan had on multiple occasions used his own money to advance funds for Umno’s political party’s expenses, including staff salaries and election campaigns.
Rahimi: About RM100,000 to RM300,000 per month, maybe more.
Tan: Did you know there were two by-elections in 2016? (Referring to the by-elections in Sg Besar and Kuala Kangsar on June 18, 2016).
Tan: I was made to understand that for the by-elections, he made a lot of advances.
Rahimi: There were (Ada).
Tan: Were the cash advances given to supporters?
Rahimi confirmed Tengku Adnan’s multiple roles in Umno, including as Umno supreme council member, Federal Territories Umno chief, Putrajaya Umno division chief, and his highest role as Umno secretary-general.
He also confirmed to Tan that the Federal Territories Umno operated independently and received funding from Tengku Adnan.
The court also heard that as Tengku Adnan’s private secretary, Rahimi, helped arranged his political meetings if it was held at his offices in the Federal Territories Ministry building in Putrajaya, Perbadanan Putrajaya, or the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) building here.
Rahimi said the meetings in which people sought money from Tengku Adnan were normally short, only taking about two to three minutes each time.
Rahimi then said that whenever people found out that Tengku Adnan was in his office, many would come and transform the environment to what he likened to a “fish market”.