RM2 mil paid to company linked to Ku Nan, bank officer tells court

CIMB bank officer Khairolrony Kamarudin at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur today.

KUALA LUMPUR: A CIMB bank officer told the High Court in Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s RM2 million corruption trial today that a company linked to the former minister had received the money in its account.

Khairolrony Kamarudin, an assistant bank manager at the CIMB Taman Setiawangsa branch, said the RM2 million cheque came from developer Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd.

“The RM2 million was issued through a cheque from Hong Leong Islamic Bank, dated June 14, 2016,” he said in his witness statement tendered in court today.

He said the company, Tadmansori Holdings Sdn Bhd, had held a current account with the bank, formerly known as Bank Bumiputera Malaysia Bhd, since July 8, 1998.

“The two individuals who opened this account were Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and Tengku Rethwan Tengku Mansor,” he added.

He said Tengku Adnan had been the signatory for Tadmansori’s cheques from July 1, 1998 to Jan 21, 2001, according to the company’s board of directors’ resolution.

When questioned by Tengku Adnan’s lawyer Tan Hock Chuan, Khairolrony also told the court that three other transactions had taken place in June 2016.

He said the three transactions of RM2 million each were deposited in the company’s account on June 6, 16 and 17.

Another witness, Muhammad Akmaludin Abdullah from the Companies Commission of Malaysia, told the court that Tengku Adnan is Tadmansori’s biggest shareholder.

“There are four directors in the company, namely Tengku Rethwan, Tengku Iqbal Munawwir Tengku Adnan, Tengku Daud Shah Tengku Adnan, and Anggraini Sentiyaki,” he added.

Akmaludin also said Tadmansori, an investment company, was founded on Aug 25, 1987.

The hearing continues before High Court judge Zaini Mazlan. The prosecution will call two more witnesses to testify today.

Tengku Adnan, popularly known as Ku Nan, was accused of receiving RM2 million from Aset Kayamas’s director, Chai Kin Kong, 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.