KUALA LUMPUR — June 18, 2020: A contractor today testified that former prime minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi paid him over RM1.42 million in cash to renovate a bungalow into a place of religious studies.
According to Marzuki Che Omar, a director of Tekad Nusantara Sdn. Bhd., he accepted the offer for the job in Country Heights, Kajang, in September 2018 after he was introduced to Zahid by a friend.
Zahid told Marzuki he wanted to renovate the bungalow as Yayasan Al Falah wanted to use the place for religious studies. Zahid’s brother, Mohamad Nasaee, is the chairman of Yayasan Al Falah.
There was no written contract for the job and neither did Marzuki give any receipt for the payment. Zahid gave him the money at a surau near the bungalow.
Marzuki recalled Zahid telling him that the renovation was to enable Yayasan Al-Falah to house senior citizens.
Zahid is charged with 47 counts of money laundering, criminal breach of trust and bribes involving millions of ringgit from the family-run Yayasan Akalbudi.
Hearing before High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah resumes on July 3.