KUALA LUMPUR — March 4, 2020: Former minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor became emotional today when the court rejected his plea for details on his personal assets to be heard in camera.
During the trial on a charge of accepting RM2 million from businessman Tan Sri Chai Kin Kong, the Putrajaya MP became angry when prosecutor Julia Ibrahim asked him if a sentence in his statement was his personal opinion.
“When I say I do not want to declare myself, it is because publicly you know why. Now I have a problem. After I mentioned nearly a billion (assets), they will want to sensationalise it. That’s why I feel deprived,” the man widely known as Ku Nan reacted emotionally.
His counsel Datuk Tan Hock Chuan then interjected to ask for a stand-down to calm him.
Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan had ruled that for the trial to be conducted fairly, it must be done transparently and the public therefore has the right to hear what the court hears and see what the court sees.
“This way, the public will be able to appreciate any decision made by the court and not be kept guessing about any evidence kept secret,” he remarked, adding that Ku Nan had failed to convince the court it would be in the interest of justice or had shown sufficient reason for his application to be granted.
While acknowledging Ku Nan’s fears for the safety of his family, Zaini said it would be contrary to the interests of justice to grant the application, adding that the trial must not only be conducted fairly but must be seen to be conducted fairly.
To a question by Tan regarding his total assets declared to in 2001, Ku Nan said “I think it is over RM900 million”.
The former Umno secretary-general confirmed that he had declared his assets as RM711,325,822.00 in 2006, RM691,770,649.00 in 2013 and RM782,748,061.00 in 2016.
Last October 14 the court ordered Ku Nan to enter his defence.
Hearing continues tomorrow.