KUALA LUMPUR — Dec. 12, 2019: Cheques for RM1 million issued by a company to former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi in 2917 and last year were instructed to be credited to a law firm.
When cross-examined by Zahid’s lawyer Hisham Teh Poh Teik, Harryade Mohamad Arbe from Maybank agreed that the cheques from Profound Radiance Sdn. Bhd. were for charity but the back of the cheques had the words “political funds to TPM (deputy prime minister)” written and these were to be credited to law firm Lewis & Co.
Another officer from RHB Islamic Bank, Faiz Azfar Mohamad Azahar, spoke about 10 cheques for RM5 million from Berani & Jujur Trading also to be credited to Lewis & Co. in January 2017.
In addition 13 cheques worth RM8 million were paid to the firm between November 2016 and January 2017 by Mastoro Kenny IT Consultant & Services.
When Hisham suggested that the total amount was for charity, Faiz replied that he had no knowledge of this.
Zahid is facing 47 charges relating to criminal breach of trust, corruption and money laundering of millions of ringgit belonging to Yayasan Akalbudi, a foundation the politician set up.
According to Zahid’s bribery charges, he is alleged to have accepted bribes from three companies — Mastoro Kenny IT Consultant & Services; Data Sonic Group Berhad and Profound Radiance Sdn. Bhd. — as inducement for him to help the companies obtain MyEG projects, supply passport chips and to be appointed operator of migrant visa one-stop centres in Pakistan and Nepal.
Officer Rashidah Mohd. Rahim from a Public Bank branch testified about another cheque for RM250,000 issued by Syarikat Jogabonito Jewellery and Diamonds to Lewis & Co. in June 2016.
An assistant manager from the Maybank branch at Damansara Office Complex, Hasnizailawaty Sudin, mentioned about two cheques for RM6 million from Sarana Kencana Sdn. Bhd. in April 2017 to be credited to Lewis & Co.