Zahid’s trial: Court told that Zahid not transparent when extending visa system contract

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The High Court in Shah Alam was told today that former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was not transparent and did not follow procedures when extending the Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd contract for the foreign visa system project.

Former Home Ministry deputy secretary-general (policy and control) Suriani Ahmad said Zahid, 68, who was also then home minister, hastily approved the contract extension without a performance evaluation.

Suriani said a performance evaluation was important because the company would carry the country’s image and it was the government’s responsibility to ensure that all processes were implemented properly.

Asked by Deputy Public Prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin whether the application was still approved even though no assessment was made, Suriani replied: “Yes”.

Suriani is the fourth prosecution witness testifying on the seventh day of Zahid’s trial, where he is facing 40 corruption charges relating to the project.

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