If I’d known RM42 mil was for Najib, I wouldn’t have signed transfer, says MD

Former prime minister Najib Razak faces six charges of money laundering and criminal breach of trust in the transfer of RM42 million to his account from SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former unit of 1MDB.

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court today heard that Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd remitted RM42 million into two private accounts that belonged to Najib Razak on the orders of two individuals.

“I was forced to follow the instruction of Ung Su Ling and Dennis See Thuan Buan as they are the providers of funds to Ihsan Perdana to conduct corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes,” its managing director, Shamsul Anwar Sulaiman, said.

Ung is CEO while See is the director of projects at Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia.

Shamsul said both directed him to transfer a total of RM42 million to AmPrivate Banking-1MY and AmPrivate Banking-My even though he did not know who were the owners of the accounts ending 1906 and 1880.

“I had asked Ung several times during our telephone and face-to-face conversations but he declined to reveal (the name of the account holder).

“I also inquired with See but he informed me that I need not know the details of the account holder (AmPrivate Banking-1MY and AmPrivate Banking-My),” he said when examined by deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Saifuddin Hashim.

Shamsul said he only knew that the RM42 million was from Gandingan Mentari Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of SRC International Sdn Bhd, after reading about it on the Wall Street Journal website when he was in Belgium on July 1 or 2, 2015.

“Upon my return, I contacted (SRC director) Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil and he confirmed that SRC transferred RM42 million to Ihsan Perdana through Gandingan Mentari,” he said.

Shamsul said he was also of the opinion that Ung and See might have obtained instructions from the late Azlin Alias, who was Najib Razak’s principal private secretary.

The witness said he and Abdul Aziz Ismail, Ihsan Perdana’s finance director, would not have signed the remittance forms to transfer the RM42 million if they had known that Najib was the holder of both private accounts in Ambank.

Shamsul, an Umno member who told the court today that he knew Najib well, was arrested in 2015 and held on remand for four days by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

Najib faces six charges of money laundering and criminal breach of trust in the transfer of RM42 million to his account from SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former unit of 1MDB.

He is also accused of abusing his power as prime minister by giving government guarantees on SRC International’s RM4 billion loan from Retirement Fund Inc.

Earlier today, former Ihsan Perdana senior accounts executive Aishah Ghazali said she made three deposits totalling RM42 million into two private accounts of Najib on Dec 26, 2014, and Feb 9, 2015, believing it was for CSR programmes.

Although she did not mention Najib’s name, Ambank Raja Chulan branch manager R Uma Devi and Noorhayati Mohd Yunus, the branch manager of Affin Bank at the Curve shopping complex, said the accounts belonged to the former prime minister.

Gandingan Mentari had deposited RM50 million in Ihsan Perdana’s account between Dec 24, 2014, and Feb 6, 2015, of which RM42 million was remitted to the two private accounts of Najib.

The next trial date will be determined on Friday after a case management before Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.