Najib ‘shocked’ at RM42m transfer, but no police report made

by RAHIMI YUNUS / pic by BERNAMA

Former Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak was “shocked and upset” after nding out that someone had transferred RM42 million to his private bank accounts, the Kuala Lumpur (KL) High Court was told yesterday.

Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd MD Datuk Dr Shamsul Anwar Sulaiman (picture) testified that he met Najib at the former PM’s private residence in Jalan Langgak Duta, KL, after being released from remand by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in 2015.

“He (Najib) seemed shocked and upset when he learned that someone credited the money into his accounts. He did not know who did it and why it was done through my company (Ihsan Perdana),” Dr Shamsul Anwar said during a cross-examination by defence counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

However, during a re-examination, the prosecution’s 37th witness told the court that Najib had never directed him to lodge any police or MACC report on the dubious transactions.

“Did he (Najib) ask you to make a police or MACC report?” deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Saifuddin Hashim Musaimi asked Dr Shamsul Anwar, in which he replied: “No.”

In July 2015, Dr Shamsul Anwar was held in custody by the MACC for four nights over his suspected role of the transactions.

In a previous proceeding, he said Ihsan Perdana, an SRC International Sdn Bhd’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) partner, transferred RM27 million and RM5 million on Dec 26, 2014, and RM10 million on Feb 9, 2015, (totalling RM42 million) to two accounts with AmBank Group.

The former ED of 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s CSR division said Ihsan Perdana was instructed by Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia (YR1M) CEO Ung Su Ling and its project director Dennis See Thuan Buan to transfer the funds to the two AmBank accounts.

Earlier in court, Dr Shamsul Anwar testified that he knew Najib was YR1M board of trustees chairman.

He also said the late Datuk Seri Azlin Alias, who was principal private secretary to Najib, was also part of the YR1M board of trustees.

Meanwhile, Retirement Fund Inc (KWAP) former CEO Datuk Azian Mohd Noh said the fund was not compelled to approve SRC International’s loan request, despite being endorsed by the former PM cum finance minister.

The prosecution’s 38th witness previously told the court that she received SRC International’s RM3.95 billion loan application letter, dated June 3, 2011, addressed to Najib, instead of KWAP.

The two-page letter, which she received by hand from Azlin, was signed by former SRC International CEO Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil, with Najib’s handwritten note dated June 5, 2011, stating “Bersetuju dengan cadangan ini (agree with this proposal)”.

“You have this letter for the PM…the investment panel never felt any compulsion to approve the loan?” defence counsel Harvinderjit Singh asked.

Azian said: “If you used the word ‘compel’, then no (they were not compelled).”

“May I suggest that they did not feel any compulsion in approving the loan because if they were influenced to rush through the loan, they could have approved it at this stage,” Harvinderjit further asked.

“Influenced and compelled are two different words. If you use the word compulsion, then yes, KWAP was not compelled,” Azian said.

Meanwhile, Azian testified during cross-examination that SRC International had followed KWAP’s procedures, as evident in a checklist prepared by KWAP-appointed law firm Messrs Hisham Sobri Kadir.

The 66-year-old witness testified that the fund disbursement was also executed according to KWAP’s procedures.

The trial is adjourned until June 10.