KUALA LUMPUR — Aug. 12, 2020: It was not one two or three but a total of 92 — that’s the number of cheques former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi sent to a law firm between May 2016 and April 2018.
The amount involved was a staggering RM76.9 million.
According to B. Muralidharan, a partner at Lewis & Co, he would then hand over the cheques to his clerk to be banked in into an account that was opened in Bangsar for Yayasan Al-Falah.
“Zahid was not our client, only Al-Falah, but he sent the money on a staggered basis to our firm,” Muralidharan explained when questioned by prosecutor Raja Rozela Raja Toran.
The trustee for the foundation was Zahid’s brother Nazaee.
Muralidharan spoke about knowing Zahid since 2006 or 2007 when the later was defence minister.
His arrangement with Zahid was for the money to be channelled to build a mosque and a religious school in his constituency of Bagan Datuk.
Zahid faces 12 charges of criminal breach of trust, eight of corruption and 27 of money laundering totalling RM117 million.
The trial before Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah continues.