Zahid’s trial: Umno info chief, former MCA leaders also received funding from UKSB

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MACC to summon all those named in UKSB ledger.

Yusof Mat Isa

A key prosecution witness in the corruption trial against Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi this afternoon continues to implicate more politicians in his testimony about entries in a ledger book belonging to Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd (UKSB).

The Shah Alam High Court heard from David Tan Siong Sun, a former administrative manager at UKSB, that Umno information chief Shahril Hamdan and two former MCA leaders were among those who have received political funding from the company.

According to media reports, Tan testified during cross-examination by Zahid’s defence counsel that Shahril had received a total of RM1.16 million.

Shahril allegedly was referred to as “S Pat” in the ledger book.

Tan also testified that former MCA leaders Chan Kong Choy and Ong Ka Chuan were recipients of such funding, according to the Malay Mail.

The report stated that Chan received a total of RM7,856,920; while Ong received a total of RM922,820.

Shahril was allegedly paid for being a close ally to Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, the court heard.

“He received monthly payments as political donations and for the general election,” Tan said, as reported by Free Malaysia Today.

UKSB is a company which was awarded a Foreign Visa System (VLN) contract, a subject matter being scrutinised in the trial.

Meanwhile, de facto law minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said all those whose names are mentioned in the ledger kept by UKSB will be called up for investigations by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

He said the probe followed multiple reports against those mentioned in the ledger, which was

“The MACC has received several complaints against individuals listed in a ledger that was presented in court recently.

“The MACC will call up all the names mentioned in the said ledger. Investigations will ascertain whether the grant or money received is corruption,” he said in a Parliamentary written reply dated July 21.

Shaari Chemat/The Star

Wan Junaidi was responding to Khoo Poay Tiong (PH-Kota Melaka), who asked if the MACC will investigate politicians mentioned in the UKSB ledger.