DBKL gives priority to orders from minister, Ku Nan’s trial told

Ab Salim Mansor

KUALA LUMPUR: A former City Hall (DBKL) officer told Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s RM2 million corruption trial that DBKL gives priority to orders from the Federal Territories minister.

Ab Salim Mansor, who was director of DBKL’s economic and development unit, said priority was in this order: instructions coming from the minister, followed by his deputy, the mayor and then DBKL’s top management officers.

He cited the example of the case of developer Aset Kayamas seeking to postpone payment on two plots of DBKL land that it had bought and to also seek a reduction in the price.

Salim said he was extended copies of the Federal Territories ministry’s letters and told by then mayor Amin Nordin Abd Aziz to process the company’s application.

“I got the mayor’s note together with the ministry’s letters. When orders are given, we normally comply and we send out the approval letters to the company making the application,” he said when asked by deputy public prosecutor Haderiah Siri on the process involved in such cases.

Yesterday Amin told the court that two letters from Aset Kayamas to then minister Tengku Adnan had been extended to him.

He said Tengku Adnan asked him to allow the developer to extend the payment period on the sale of the two plots of land.

Amin, who continued his testimony today, insisted that it was Tengku Adnan who had made the decision on Aset Kayamas’ application.

The hearing continues before High Court judge Zaini Mazlan on July 9.

Tengku Adnan, better known as Ku Nan, is charged with accepting RM2 million from one Chai Kin Kong via a Hong Leong Islamic Bank cheque belonging to Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd which had been deposited into the CIMB Bank account of Tadmansori Holding Sdn Bhd in which he had an interest, when it was known that Aset Kayamas had connection with his official duties.

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 anything valuable from somebody involved in a proceeding or business related to the public servant’s official functions..

Those found guilty can be jailed up to two years and fined.