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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Zahid: RM360k paid to TS consultancy not for helping Umno’s voter registration

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today denied in the High Court in Kuala Lumpur that two cheques amounting to RM360,000 issued by Yayasan Akalbudi (YAB) to TS Consultancy & Resources were intended to help Umno in the registration of voters in 2015.

The former deputy prime minister, who was Umno vice-president in 2015, also said that he was not aware that the company, which provides training services, was set up by Umno for the registration of voters.

"I have stated that the RM360,000 payment made by YAB to TS Consultancy was for the printing of the Quran," the 69-year-old said, adding that the Quran printing was also in line with giving to charity as in the memorandum and articles of the foundation.

He said this when questioned by deputy public prosecutor Datuk Raja Rozela Raja Toran when defending himself on 47 charges, namely 12 counts of criminal breach of trust, eight counts of bribery and 27 money laundering charges, involving tens of millions of ringgit of YAB funds.

Raja Rozela: Do you agree or disagree, as Umno vice-president at that time, you were not informed (of the initiative to establish TS Consultancy).

Zahid: It was never discussed during the UMNO Supreme Council meeting, let alone with me (as vice president).

Raja Rozela: Don’t you remember the testimony of TS Consultancy chairperson, Wan Ahmad Wan Omar in court who said that his company was funded by Umno headquarters?

Zahid: No, I was not aware.

He also disagreed with Raja Rozela's suggestion that he had been briefed by Wan Ahmad that the company needed YAB's financial assistance.

He said what Wan Ahmad told him was the mandate for the printing of the Quran had been given to Restu Foundation chaired by Latiff Mirasa.

On the RM10 million cheque from YAB to Armada Holdings Sdn Bhd, a company that imports and supplies coal, Zahid said the cheque signed by him was for investment purposes.

Zahid said he had met Armada Holdings chief executive officer Wasi Khan @ Wasiyu Zama Israr and Khalid Mohamad Jiwa, the husband of singer Siti Nurhaliza Tarudin, to hold discussions on a coal project in October 2015.

“Your Honour, the explanation given by Wasi is that the company (Armada) intends to be a supplier of coal to TNB's subsidiary (TNB Fuel Services Sdn Bhd) and Khalid explained in detail to Armada about the charges imposed by TNB to register as a contractor," she said.

When asked by Raja Rozela if he knew that Armada Holdings was not incorporated yet when the RM10 million cheque was given to him, Zahid replied: "Not to my knowledge”.

Raja Rozela: This means that due diligence (checking before the decision) supposedly by you was not complete.

Zahid: Yes, incomplete.

The trial before judge Datuk Collin Lawrence Sequerah continues tomorrow.


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