Ku Nan got RM39,000 as minister and MP from 2013 until last year, court told

Daman Huri Nor, the prosecution’s first witness in the RM1 million corruption trial of Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court in the RM1 million graft trial of Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor heard today that he had received about RM39,000 in monthly salary and allowances as federal territories minister and Putrajaya MP from 2013 until last year.

Daman Huri Nor from the Parliament and Constitution Affairs Section of the Prime Minister’s Department said Tengku Adnan, popularly known as Ku Nan, was paid RM14,907.20 in salary and another RM24,302 for being an MP.

“These payments were from May 2013 until last year when Barisan Nasional was defeated in the general election, and the accused was no longer a minister,” he said in his witness statement.

During cross-examination by Ku Nan’s lawyer, Tan Hock Chuan, Daman who is the first prosecution witness, said he was aware that the accused had been an MP and minister even before 2013.

“If I’m not mistaken, he was a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and tourism minister,” he said.

According to official records, Ku Nan was a senator and served as a deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department from 2001 to 2002.

He has been Putrajaya MP since 2004 and was a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department from 2002 to 2004, as well as tourism minister from 2006 to 2008.

Daman was called by the prosecution to prove that Ku Nan was a public officer at the time when he allegedly received corrupt money in return for a favour.

When reading the opening statement, deputy public prosecutor Julia Ibrahim said witnesses would testify that the accused received RM1 million to assist in approving the application of Nucleus Properties Sdn Bhd – now known as Paragon City Development Sdn Bhd – to increase the industrial plot ratio of a piece of land at Jalan Semarak.

She said Nucleus Properties made several applications and appeals to the Urban Planning Department of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) for the plot ratio to be raised, but that these were turned down.

Approval was finally given by DBKL, which came under Ku Nan’s ministerial portfolio.

Julia said Ku Nan had assisted Nucleas Properties to obtain approval after writing to several other agencies and using the influence of his public office.

Ku Nan is accused of receiving the money from property developer Tan Eng Boon, who was fined RM1.5 million earlier this week for abetting.

Julia said it would be shown that Tan was the director of Nucleus Properties and Paragon City.

She said the prosecution would rely on direct, circumstantial and documentary evidence and a presumption under Section 50 (1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act to show that the accused received the money.

The offence was allegedly committed at the Putra World Trade Centre CIMB bank branch on Dec 27, 2013.

The cheque was deposited into a CIMB Bank account owned by Ku Nan.

Ku Nan was charged under Section 16 (a)(A) of the MACC Act. If convicted, he could be jailed up to 20 years and fined five times the gratification amount.

He also faces an alternative charge under Section 165 of the Penal Code of receiving gratification as a public servant. If convicted, he could be jailed up to two years, fined or both.

The hearing before trial judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali has been adjourned to Jan 2.