Ex-company director admits giving cash to Zahid every month for 4 years
A FORMER director of Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd (UKSB) today told the Shah Alam High Court his company paid cash in Singapore dollars on a monthly basis to former deputy prime minister Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi from 2014 to 2018 over the foreign visa system contract.
Harry Lee Vui Khun said the payment to Zahid, which started at S$200,000 (RM633,857) per month and began in late 2014, was increased to S$520,000 per month some time in 2017.
“If I can recall correctly, the payment of S$200,000 per month began in late 2014 and continued until mid-2015. Around that time, we went to his (Zahid) house in Country Heights, Kajang and in that meeting Zahid requested that the monthly contribution be increased. After discussing with Wan Quoris Shah Wan Abdul Ghani and David Tan, we agreed to a sum of S$300,000 per month.
“Later in 2017, Zahid requested to see us in his private residence. In that meeting also, Zahid requested that the monthly payment be increased due to the upcoming general election.
“After discussing with Wan Quoris and Tan, we agreed to increase the amount from S$300,000 to S$520,000 per month,” he said while reading his witness statement during examination-in-chief by deputy public prosecutor Abdul Malik Ayob at Zahid’s corruption trial.
The 15th prosecution witness added they came up with that figure because Zahid had mentioned that the Umno divisions needed financial support.
“In our discussion, we agreed to a sum of about RM10,000 per division for the 100-odd Umno divisions and after conversion, the total sum came up to S$520,000 per month,” he said.
The third prosecution witness, former Home Ministry Immigration Affairs Division deputy secretary Siti Jalilah Abd Manap, had previously told the court that Zahid had extended the UKSB contract for the foreign visa system project even though the existing contract was valid for three more years.
To a supplementary question by deputy public prosecutor Raja Rozela Raja Toran if he could recall how many times he had delivered (cash money) between 2014 and 2018, he replied that “I did 70% of the process… 40 times in four years.”
Raja Rozela: Can you recall, who did you go with to deliver the money at Country Heights, Kajang (Zahid’s house)?
Lee: With Wan Quoris and David Tan.
Raja Rozela: In your statement you said the money was handed over by you alone, but you went together (with Wan Quoris and Tan). Why?
Lee: I’m not sure, but from day one it had been set that way (meeting with Zahid) and I just followed.
He added that in the 40 times he had delivered the money, Zahid had never returned them.
Zahid, 69, is facing 33 charges of receiving bribes amounting to S$13.56 million from UKSB for himself as home minister to extend the contract of the company as the operator of one-stop-centre service in China and the system, as well as to maintain the contract agreement to supply the integrated system to the same company by the ministry.
On another seven counts, he was charged with obtaining for himself S$1.15 million, RM3 million, €15,000 (RM68,995) and US$15,000 (RM65,854.50) from the same company, which has links to his official duty.
He was charged with committing all the offences at Seri Satria, Presint 16, Putrajaya and Country Heights Kajang between October 2014 and March 2018.
The trial before judge Mohd Yazid Mustafa continues later.