KUALA LUMPUR — Aug. 4, 2020: Former education minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid is considering legal action after being accused of demanding a bribe in the millions to help a company secure a solar power project.
The accusation was made yesterday by a witness at the corruption trial of Datuk Seri Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. One of Rosmah’s lawyer’s earlier February made the same accusation plus more also while testifying in court.
Mahdzir said he will get the transcripts of the proceedings to facilitate his next course of action.
“I am confident of the functions of the court, which is to determine whether a testimony is legitimate and correct,” he said in a statement.
The witness, Rayyan Radzwill Abdullah, testified that Mahdzir had demanded 20 per cent of the project value of RM1.25 billion but this was later narrowed down to RM60 million to be paid out at RM1 million per month over five years from 2016.
Mahadzir said he had already denied demanding or received any bribe from the company Jepak Holdings when he was a witness in the trial.