KUALA LUMPUR — April 30, 2019: A political consultant confirmed to receiving RM2.5 million from former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in February 2015 for the purpose of intelligence and political work.
According to Datuk Habibul Rahman Kadir Shah, the owner of HKS Consultant, he asked for the cheque to be deposited to legal firm Zulqarnain & Co. to avoid paying income tax as the money was for what he described as political defence.
“I received the cheque from Najib at his residence in Putrajaya. I used the money to collect intelligence and for political purposes,” he said during examination-in-chief by prosecutor Mohammad Saifuddin Hashim Musaimi in Najib’s trial relating to money from SRC International Sdn. Bhd.
Habibul then gave the cheque to lawyer Ashraf Abdul Razak and asked him to prepare a few cheques for his wife and children while the rest was kept for the operations.
When cross-examined by lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah if he had Najib about the source of the money, Habibul said no.
“All past presidents have their political funds,” the witness said, adding that he was a member of Umno since 1984.
The owner of Solar Shine Sdn. Bhd., Datuk Lew Choon Lai, also testified about receiving a cheque of RM1 million from Najib in February 2015 at Najib’s office.
The money was used to pay for goodies prepared for events. Lew organised events of volunteer services under the 1Malaysia programme.
Najib, 66, is charged with three counts of criminal breach of trust, one charge of abusing his position and three counts of money laundering amounting to RM42 million.
Hearing is before High Court judge Mohd. Nazlan Mohd. Ghazali. — Bernama