The six-day trial of former Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, who was charged with accepting an RM2 million bribe from businessman Tan Sri Chai Kin Kong, begins Tuesday (July 2) at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.
Deputy public prosecutor Julia Ibrahim, who led the prosecution team, read the opening statement before Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan.
She was assisted by deputy public prosecutors Lailawati Ali, Rullizah Abdul Majid, Hadariah Siri, Natasha Abdul Azis and Mohamad Firdaous Mohamed Idris.
Tengku Adnan, 68, who is Putrajaya MP, arrived at the court at 8.45am. His defence team, led by Datuk Tan Hock Chuan, also comprises lawyers Datuk S Satharuban, Michelle Lai, Natalie Tan and Aaron Lau.
Four witnesses are expected to testify today.
On Jan 23 this year, Tengku Adnan maintained his not guilty plea before Justice Mohamed Zaini when the charge was read to him again on the first mention after the case was allowed to be transferred from the Sessions Court to the High Court on Dec 14, 2018.
According to the charge, Tengku Adnan, as a public servant, namely, Federal Territories Minister, had accepted for himself RM2 million from Chai Kin Kong via a Hong Leong Islamic Bank cheque belonging to Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd which was deposited into the CIMB Bank account of Tadmansori Holding Sdn Bhd in which he had an interest, when it was known that Aset Kayamas had connection with his official duties.
Tengku Adnan is alleged to have committed the offence at CIMB Bank Berhad, Pusat Bandar Damansara Branch here on June 14, 2016, under Section 165 of the Penal Code, which provides for a jail term of up to two years or fine or both, on conviction.
“RM2 million in a cheque was deposited for the purpose of a by-election,” DPP Julia told the court in her opening statement.
She said Tengku Adnan had asked for between RM5 million and RM6 million from Chai.
Julia said the prosecution team would provide evidence that Chai handed over the cheque to Tengku Adnan at the latter’s office at Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
She also said there was evidence showing that Chai had written to the then Umno secretary general to purchase two plots of land in Bandar Tun Razak.
The purpose of the land purchase was to build affordable houses below RM200,000.
“The accused had asked Zulkifli Ibrahim, who was at the time the deputy director of DBKL for project implementation and maintenance, to look into the proposal.”
“The letter was submitted on January 26, 2015,” she said.
However, Julia said Chai’s bid to secure the property was rejected by Ahmad Phesal Talib, who was Kuala Lumpur mayor from July 18, 2012, to July 17, 2015.
After the bid was rejected, Chai dealt directly with Tengku Adnan, the DPP said.
“The ex-minister played an active role in the housing project by chairing a special meeting on May 14, 2015.
“They decided on the housing project proposal for affordable houses and DBKL hostels on the 0.5ha plot of land,” Julia told the court.
A CIMB bank officer told the court that a company linked to Tengku Adnan had received the RM2 million in its account.
Khairolrony Kamarudin, an assistant bank manager at the CIMB Taman Setiawangsa branch, said the RM2 million cheque came from developer Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd.
“The RM2 million was issued through a cheque from Hong Leong Islamic Bank, dated June 14, 2016,” he said in his witness statement tendered in court today.
He said the company, Tadmansori Holdings Sdn Bhd, had held a current account with the bank, formerly known as Bank Bumiputera Malaysia Bhd, since July 8, 1998.
“The two individuals who opened this account were Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and Tengku Rethwan Tengku Mansor,” he added.
He said Tengku Adnan had been the signatory for Tadmansori’s cheques from July 1, 1998, to Jan 21, 2001, according to the company’s board of directors’ resolution.
When questioned by Tengku Adnan’s lawyer Tan Hock Chuan, Khairolrony also told the court that three other transactions had taken place in June 2016.
He said the three transactions of RM2 million each was deposited in the company’s account on June 6, 16 and 17.
Another witness, Muhammad Akmaludin Abdullah from the Companies Commission of Malaysia, told the court that Tengku Adnan is Tadmansori’s biggest shareholder.
“There are four directors in the company, namely Tengku Rethwan, Tengku Iqbal Munawwir Tengku Adnan, Tengku Daud Shah Tengku Adnan, and Anggraini Sentiyaki,” he added.
Akmaludin also said Tadmansori, an investment company, was founded on Aug 25, 1987.
Tengku Adnan is also facing a charge of accepting a bribe and an alternative charge of accepting a bribe of RM1 million from businessman Tan Eng Boon over the approval of an application by a company to raise the ratio related to development in Jalan Semarak, Kuala Lumpur in 2013.
This hearing of this case before High Court Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali will begin on Sept 3 this year.