Political funds handled only by top leaders, Umno HQ staff tells Ku Nan trial

Former federal territories minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

KUALA LUMPUR: An employee at the Umno headquarters told Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s RM2 million corruption trial today that she was unaware of any receipt given by the former minister to a developer for a “political donation” to the former ruling party.

Farahdzilah Abd Kadir, who works at Umno’s finance department, said she was never involved in handling funds related to politics.

She added that as an employee in the department, she managed documents related to staff’s salary and payments made to suppliers.

Farahdzillah said only Umno’s top leadership – such as the treasurer, secretary-general, information chief and executive secretary – handled funds related to politics. She added that Tengku Adnan is Umno’s current treasurer.

She agreed with a suggestion by Tengku Adnan’s lawyer Tan Hock Chuan that the alleged receipt might have been handled by one of Umno’s state liaison offices.

Tan: On the face of the receipt, it is not from the Umno headquarters but it’s under the Federal Territories?

Farahdzillah: Yes.

The witness added that Tengku Adnan was the one who had signed the receipt.

Another officer from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Nik Muhamad Faiez Idris, also testified today.

Faiez, who is MACC assistant investigating officer, informed the court that he was told by the lead investigating officer, Muhamad Saad Bordani, to seize the receipt book for the RM2 million said to be given to developer Chai Kin Kong from the Umno headquarters on July 17.

“I was told the receipt is important,” he added.

However, Faiez said Saad did not give him further instructions on the seized receipt.

Saad later told the court that he had not seen the original receipt before the start of the trial.

He said during the course of his investigation, he seized documents related to the sale of two plots in Bandar Tun Razak from the Kuala Lumpur City Hall and the office of Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd.

He said he also obtained documents from the Companies Commission of Malaysia on the details of Aset Kayamas and Tadmansori Holdings Sdn Bhd.

The hearing continues before High Court judge Zaini Mazlan.

Tengku Adnan, popularly known as Ku Nan, is accused of receiving RM2 million from Chai despite knowing that the businessman’s companies had dealings with the federal territories ministry, which was under Ku Nan 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.