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Ku Nan did receive RM2 million but said it was for political campaign

Ku Nan (centre) admits to receiving RM2 million from a businessman but claims this was a political donation.

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KUALA LUMPUR — Jan. 17, 2020: Former minister and Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor admitted to receiving RM2 million from a businessman about four years ago.

According to Tengku Adnan or more well-known as Ku Nan, he received the cheque for campaign expenses for two by-elections.

“I do not remember the exact date I approached Tan Sri Chai (Chai Kin Kong) but this could have taken place in early June 2016.”

Ku Nan said he informed Chai that Umno-Barisan Nasional Wilayah Persekutuan needed about RM5 million for the by-elections. At that time Chai did not promise to donate but stated that he would make a donation later, said Ku Nan when testifying under oath from the witness stand to answer a charge of accepting RM2 million from Chai.

Last October the High Court ordered Ku Nan to enter his defence.

He said that after some time, Chai, who was managing director of Aset Kayamas Sdn. Bhd., informed that he had agreed to donate RM2 million to Umno.

Since Chai said he needed time to raise the money, Ku Nan claimed that he decided to advance the RM2 million to Umno since he trusted Chai to keep his pledge.

“Tan Sri Chai informed me that he would issue a cheque, so I requested that the cheque be made payable to Tadmansori Holdings as I had already used my money as advance.”

According to Ku Nan, before he joined the Cabinet in 2001 he was a very successful businessman and was involved in various businesses. One of the companies is Tadmansori Holdings, a family company founded in 1984. He had also made a declaration of assets to the prime minister when he joined the Cabinet.

The trial before Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan continues on Monday.

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