KUALA LUMPUR: The former driver of Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor told the High Court in the ex-minister’s RM2 million corruption case that he deposited a cheque for the amount during a period in which two by-elections were held.
Nik Yahaya Nik Mustapa said he was ordered by Tengku Adnan to deposit a cheque for RM2 million in the account of Tadmansori Sdn Bhd on June 14, 2016.
The company was linked to the family of Tengku Adnan.
“I received the RM2 million cheque from him at his office. But I did not know what it was for, or who Aset Kayamas’ representative was,” he said.
He agreed with Tengku Adnan’s lawyer, Tan Hock Chuan, who said that two by-elections had been held around that time for the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar parliamentary seats.
He said he had also driven Tengku Adnan, who was Umno secretary-general at the time, to Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar.
Umno won both by-elections, which were called following the deaths of the MPs Noriah Kasnon and Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad in a helicopter crash.
The prosecution in Tengku Adnan’s RM2 million corruption case had said in its opening statement that he allegedly received the money for by-election purposes from Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd director Chai Kin Kong.
Nik Yahaya said he worked as Tengku Adnan’s driver for more than 24 years before resigning in June last year.
He agreed with Tan who also said that his former boss was a generous person who always gave cash assistance to those in need.
Another witness, Daman Huri Nor from the Parliament and Constitution Affairs Section of the Prime Minister’s Department, said Tengku Adnan was paid RM39,227.20 per month in salary and allowances during his time as federal territories minister.
The hearing continues tomorrow before High Court judge Zaini Mazlan.
Deputy public prosecutor Julia Ibrahim told the court that the prosecution will be calling five witnesses.
Tengku Adnan, popularly known as Ku Nan, was accused of receiving RM2 million from Chai despite knowing that the businessman’s companies had dealings with the federal territories ministry, which was under him at the time.
The offence was allegedly committed at the Pusat Bandar Damansara CIMB bank branch here on June 14, 2016.
The charge was framed under Section 165 of the Penal Code, under which it is an offence for a public servant to obtain valuables without consideration.
Those found guilty can be jailed for up to two years and fined.