Zahid’s trial: Singaporean businessman asked to donate RM10m in first meeting with Zahid

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The High Court today heard that Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had casually asked for a RM10 million donation from a Singaporean businessman during a dinner event in 2015.

Bernama

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigating officer Christ Sheldon Anak Merun, 32, said Zahid wanted the money for his charity foundation Yayasan Akalbudi.

He said this under examination in chief conducted by deputy public prosecutor Harris Ong Mohd Jeffery Ong.

The 98th prosecution witness in Zahid’s trial said the businessman, Wong Sang Woo @ Wong Shuh Chain, had revealed that the Umno president made the request during a dinner immediately after they first met.

“Wong said Zahid had asked him about making a donation to the poor and those in need. As a generous man, Wong agreed to make a donation to Yayasan Akalbudi, a foundation founded by Zahid.

“Before the event ended, Zahid mentioned the amount of RM10 million to Wong and the latter told Zahid that he will think about it as he needed time to come up with such an amount,” Christ Sheldon said.

He was testifying in Zahid’s trial which had entered its 51st day.

Christ Sheldon said in early 2016, Wong received a call from a person who was instructed by Zahid to ask about the RM10 million donation and explain about the charity work the foundation was carrying out.

He said the person who contacted Wong told the latter to make the payment for the donation to Messrs Lewis & Co because the law firm managed the foundation.

“Wong then arranged for the payment to be made to Lewis & Co through 10 separate cheques of RM1 million each as requested by Zahid,” he said.

The MACC officer said investigations showed Wong had resorted to borrowing money to make the RM10 million donation.

He said Wong had to borrow money from KTS Holdings Sdn Bhd through a friend of his, one Ngu Ngiong Hieng.

He said in the name of friendship, Ngu had lent the money temporarily to Wong so that he could fulfil his promise to Zahid.

He said Wong who was the director of Chia Bee Enterprise Sdn Bhd made the donation through the company to boost its profile.

“He said it was something special when the (then) deputy prime minister asked for donations from him.”.

Yesterday, another MACC officer Amirudin Nordin, 38, testified that he also recorded Wong’s statement in the investigations involving RM10 million from Chia Bee Enterprise to Yayasan Akalbudi through Lewis & Co.

The 96th prosecution witness said he, however, could not track down Wong to testify in court.

He said Immigration Department records showed that Wong is not in the country.

The trial before judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah continues.

Zahid, 68, is facing 47 charges, 12 of them for criminal breach of trust (CBT), eight for corruption and 27 for money laundering involving tens of millions of ringgit of funds from Yayasan Akalbudi. – NST


Earlier reports:

Mar 9, Zahid’s trial: No receipts to show charity donated RM7.5 million

Mar 8, Zahid trial: RM17.9m withdrawn from Yayasan Akalbudi without board consent

Mar 5, Zahid’s trial: Companies linked to case had no business activities, but huge amount of transactions recorded

Aug 28, Zahid’s Trial: Witness Admits Negligence in Handling Zahid’s Cheques

Aug 25, Zahid’s Trial Allowed Use of Signature Stamp on Yayasan Akalbudi Cheques

Aug 24, Zahid’s Trial: Lewis & Cp Never Appointed as Yayasan Al-Falah Trustee

Aug 14, Zahid’s Trial: Lewis & Co Never Appointed as Yayasan Al-Falah Trustee

Aug 12, Zahid’s Trial: 92 Cheques Worth RM76M from Zahid to Law Firm

Aug 11, Zahid’s Trial: Legal Firm Not Trustee of Yayasan Akalbudi

Aug 10, Zahid Pleads Not Guilty to Amended Charges in Graft Trial

Jul 30, Zahid’s Trial: Law Firm Placed RM66.6M in Fixed Deposits, Yayasan Akalbudi Not a Client

Jul 29, Zahid’s Trial: Moneychanger Omar Ali Insists Zahid Ordered Millions in Cash Converted into Cheques

Jul 28, Zahid’s Trial: Zahid’s Daughter Said Father Had Funds for Her Takeover of Company’s Share

Jul 27, Zahid’s Trial: Businessman Donated RM6.6M to Yayasan Akalbudi to Secure Project

Jul 14, Zahid’s Trial: MyEG Director Gave RM9M to Zahid’s Foundation

Jul 3, Zahid’s Trial: More than RM1 Million in Cheques Issued to Yayasan Akalbudi Trustee

Jun 18, Zahid’s Trial: Contractor Says Zahid Paid Him RM1.4M Cash, No Records

Jun 17, Zahid’s Trial: After RM1.3M Blank Cheque Revelations, Witnesses Put Blame on Omar Ali

Jun 17, Zahid’s Trial: Wife Signed Blank Cheque Book for Moneychanger Husband’s Use

Jun 17, Zahid’s Trial: Contractor Tells Court of Dealings with Zahid’s Proxy

Jun 17, Zahid’s Trial: Brother Cited Zahid as Having Paid RM5.9M for Country Heights Bungalows

Jun 16, Zahid’s Trial Brother Bought 2 Properties Worth RM5.9M Using Foundation Money

Jun 15, Zahid’s Trial: RM25M Banked into Proxy’s Account

Mar 6, Zahid’s Trial: Cheques Issued Meant for Moneychanger Ended up in Proxy Account

Mar 3, Zahid’s Trial: RM99M Worth of Cheques Went into Foundation’s Trustee Account

Feb 20, Zahid’s Trial: Businessman Insists RM2 Million Donations to Zahid, Not Bribery for Contracts

Feb 19, Zahid’s Trial: Alleged RM6M Political Donation

Feb 15, Zahid’s Trial: Zahid Directed That Datasonics Passport Chips to Be Used

Feb 13, Zahid’s Trial: Under-Performing Firm Allowed to Resupply Passport Chips

Feb 12, Zahid’s Trial: Foundation Never Audited Its Accounts or Filed Financial Reports with SSM

Feb 11, Zahid’s Trial: Former DPM Signed 51 Foundation Cheques Worth RM31M

Dec 13, Zahid’s Trial: Earned RM44,383 a Month as DPM

Dec 12, Zahid’s Trial: RM360K All Went Towards Voter Registration, Not to Print Quran

Dec 10, Zahid’s Trial: Firm Received RM360K from Zahid’s Charity Body for Voter Registration

Dec 10, Zahid’s Trial: Insurance, Road Tax for His 20 Vehicles Paid with Foundation Funds

Dec 5, Zahid’s Trial: 39 Insurance Policies Totalling RM72K for 20 Vehicles

Dec 3, Zahid’s Trial: Couple Owns 18 Luxury Vehicles

Dec 2, Zahid’s Trial: Wife’s Credit Cards Used for LV, Harrods, Armani, RM250K Spending Limit

Nov 21, Zahid’s Trial: Day Four

Nov 21, Zahid’s Trial: Day Three

Nov 20, Schoomate: I Signed Blank Cheques on Zahid’s Order, 

Nov 19, Zahid’s Trial: Day Two

Nov 18, Zahid Embezzled RM31M Meant for the Poor