Mahdzir shocked over ‘kickback’ testimony

Mahdzir Khalid says he will study the court transcript before deciding his next course of action.

KUALA LUMPUR: Former education minister Mahdzir Khalid said he is considering taking legal action after a witness at Rosmah Mansor’s corruption trial testified that he had demanded a kickback from Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd for securing a RM1.25 billion solar project.

However, Mahdzir said in a statement today that he had yet to decide on what action to take as he needed to get the transcript from the court.

He also asked the public and the media not to make assumptions based on “limited sources”.

“I am confident of the functions of the court, which is to determine whether a testimony is legitimate and correct,” he said, adding that all parties must respect the court.

Yesterday, a witness told the High Court at the corruption trial of the former prime minister’s wife that Mahdzir had demanded 20% of the Sarawak school solar project contract worth RM1.25 billion for his effort in securing the job for the company.

However, prosecution witness Rayyan Radzwill Abdullah, who was Jepak’s consultant, said the amount was reduced to RM60 million or RM1 million per month over five years from 2016.

“This money (RM60 million) was to be paid through Mahdzir’s proxy Md Fuad Yassin,” he said when cross-examined by counsel Akberdin Abdul Kader.

Rayyan, however, said to his knowledge, his business partner, Saidi Abang Samsuddin, only spent about RM50,000 on delegates from the Padang Terap Umno division who attended the party’s general assembly.

Mahadzir is the division chief and MP for the constituency.

Mahadzir said he was “shocked” by Rayyan’s statement, adding that he had already denied that he demanded or received any bribe from Jepak in court when he was called as a witness in the trial.

“I am upset with reports. All of them seem like attempts to threaten and smear my reputation among the rakyat. They also have a negative impact on the duties mandated to me,” he said.