Ahmad Zahid asked for ‘RM10m donation’

Wong instructed his company to issue 10 cheques worth RM1m each to Lewis & Co, says MACC officer

by RAHIMI YUNUS / pic by BERNAMA

DATUK Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (picture) had asked a Singaporean businessman RM10 million as a donation, the court heard.

In Ahmad Zahid’s graft trial, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigating officer Christ Sheldon Anak Merun testified that the businessman, Wong Sang Woo @ Wong Shuh Chain, met Ahmad Zahid at a dinner function in 2015 where the latter proposed the donation.

The court was told that the donation was proposed to be channelled to Ahmad Zahid’s charity arm Yayasan Akalbudi.

Ahmad Zahid was the then-home minister at the time.

Christ Sheldon said he met Wong on Feb 22, 2019, and recorded his statement.

“Wong said in early 2016, he received a call from someone who was instructed by Ahmad Zahid to enquire about the RM10 million donation,” Christ Sheldon said at the Kuala Lumpur High Court yesterday.

The 98th prosecution witness said the man asked Wong to deposit the RM10 million into the bank account of law firm Lewis & Co.

It was learnt previously that Lewis & Co was a trustee to Yayasan Akalbudi.

The witness said Wong instructed his company Chia Bee Enterprise Sdn Bhd to issue 10 cheques worth RM1 million each to Lewis & Co.

The MACC officer told the court that Wong did not know the reasons why the RM10 million had to be issued in 10 separate cheques instead of one single cheque.

He said Wong followed the instructions given by Ahmad Zahid’s personnel and the payments were made on April 21, 2016.

He further said Wong, who is now abroad, had not had any contact with Ahmad Zahid since the dinner in 2015, where the accused also became deputy prime minister in that year.

Ahmad Zahid’s defence counsels chose to not cross-examine Christ Sheldon to challenge Wong’s testimony.

Christ Sheldon was giving a third-hand account of Wong’s testimony because the businessman could not be traced to testify in the trial, as immigration records showed he is no longer in Malaysia.

Ahmad Zahid faces 47 charges, 12 of them for criminal breach of trust, eight for corruption and 27 for money laundering involving tens of millions of ringgit of funds from Yayasan Akalbudi.