KUALA LUMPUR — August 3, 2020: A prosecution witness today gave a damning testimony which also included a claim that a former minister had demanded up to RM60 million in the Sarawak schools solar hybrid project.
Rayyan Radzwill Abdullah also named Pekan Umno secretary Datuk Aazmey Abdul Talib as the other person who also demanded kickbacks of a similar amount to that asked by former education minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.
He further described to feeling disgusted with the demands and subsequently received a death threat from one Saidi Abang Samsudin, his former business partner and the managing director of Jepak Holdings, the company undertaking the project.
Rayyan made these allegations on being questioned by Datuk Akberdin Abdul Kadir, the lawyer for Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is being tried for corruption.
Rosmah faces three counts of allegedly soliciting RM187.5 million from Saidi as an inducement to help the company secure the project. She is also accused of receiving bribes of RM6.5 million from Saidi between 2016 and 2017.
Rayyan agreed with Akberdin that Aazmey had played a big role in helping Jepak Holdings secure the project.
Jepak Holdings entered an agreement with Aazmey to pay him about four or five per cent of the project value, or between RM50 million and RM60 million, apart from being regularly paid by Saidi between RM20,000 and RM30,000 per month from 2016.
Rayyan helped draft the agreement.
The witness further agreed with Akberdin that Mahdzir had demanded 20 per cent of the RM1.25 billion project value but later agreed on only RM60 million to be paid in a monthly installment of RM1 million for five years from 2016. The deal was agreed with a proxy named Md. Fuad Yasin, who is being sought by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.
While also a witness in February Mahdzir denied about the demand for gratification.
The trial before High Court judge Mohamad Zaini Mazlan continues.