RM2 million recorded as advance payment to company, witness tells court

Tadmansori Holdings assistant accounts manager Rabiatul Adawiyah Sobri at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur today.

KUALA LUMPUR: An assistant manager told the High Court in Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s RM2 million corruption trial today that she treated the money as an advance given by the former minister.

Rabiatul Adawiyah Sobri, who works as an assistant accounts manager at Tadmansori Holdings Sdn Bhd, said the RM2 million was put down as “off-set of account” in the company’s official records.

“This means the money was paid by him (Tengku Adnan) to the company,” she said when asked by Tengku Adnan’s lawyer Tan Hock Chuan to explain the term.

Tengku Adnan is said to be Tadmansori’s biggest shareholder.

Rabiatul added that she had not put in the official records that the money came from another company, Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd.

“Aset Kayamas has no business relationship with Tadmansori,” she said, adding that Tadmansori had never made any payments to Umno.

“The company only received RM40,000 from Umno as rental deposit because they rented our warehouse,” she said.

Tengku Adnan, popularly known as Ku Nan, was accused of receiving RM2 million from Aset Kayamas 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.