Court allows Ku Nan temporary access to passport

Former federal territories minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here has allowed the application by former federal territories minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor for temporary access to his passport to visit his children in Australia and attend business meetings in Indonesia.

Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali allowed Tengku Adnan’s application for his passport after hearing submissions from his lawyer, Tan Hock Chuan, and deputy public prosecutor Julia Ibrahim.

The judge ordered for the passport to be released today and returned to the court by Feb 28.

“My client wants to visit his two children, aged 18 and 13, who are in Australia, especially the youngest daughter who just started school on Jan 30,” Tan said.

He added that his client had to attend several business meetings in Indonesia in his capacity as a board member or shareholder.

Julia said she had no objection to the application by Tengku Adnan.

Tengku Adnan pleaded not guilty on Nov 15 to a charge of receiving gratification of RM1 million from businessman Tan Eng Boon through a Public Bank cheque belonging to Pekan Nenas Industries Sdn Bhd which was deposited into Tengku Adnan’s CIMB Bank account. This was to obtain approval for an application by Nucleus Properties Sdn Bhd, now known as Paragon City Development Sdn Bhd, to raise the plot ratio of a development site at Lot 228, Jalan Semarak, Kuala Lumpur.

The offence was allegedly committed at CIMB Bank Bhd, Putra World Trade Centre branch, Level 2, Podium Block, Putra World Trade Centre, Jalan Tun Ismail here, on Dec 27, 2013.

The charge was made under Section 16 (a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009, which provides for imprisonment of up to 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the amount or value of gratification, or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.

Tengku Adnan also faces an alternative charge where, in his capacity as federal territories minister, he is alleged to have received RM1 million without consideration from Tan through a Public Bank cheque belonging to Pekan Nenas Industries Sdn Bhd which was deposited into his account. This is despite him knowing that Tan, who is a director at Nucleus Properties Sdn Bhd, now Paragon City Development Sdn Bhd, was concerned with his official function.

He was charged under Section 165 of the Penal Code for the offence and faces imprisonment of up to two years, a fine, or both, if found guilty.

On Dec 12, he was charged as a public servant in his capacity as federal territories minister with receiving valuables, without consideration, amounting to RM2 million from one Chai Kin Kong, through a Hong Leong Islamic Bank cheque belonging to Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd, which was deposited into a CIMB account belonging to Tadmansori Holding Sdn Bhd in which he (Tengku Adnan) had an interest and which he knew had connection with his official function.

Tengku Adnan was charged with committing the offence at CIMB Bank Bhd, Pusat Bandar Damansara branch, Level 1, Lot A4, Block A, Pusat Bandar Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, on June 14, 2016.