Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd transferred millions into two bank accounts without knowing that Najib Abdul Razak was the account holder, the Kuala Lumpur High Court heard today.
The company’s managing director, Dr Shamsul Anwar Sulaiman, in reading out his witness statement said he authorised three remittances from his company to AmBank accounts ending with numbers 906 and 880.
The three remittances amounted to RM27 million, RM5 million and RM10 million respectively. The transactions took place between December 2014 and February 2015.
Testifying at Najib’s SRC International corruption trial, Shamsul, a former Umno Youth exco member, said he had acted on instructions from Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia CEO Ung Su Ling.
He said Ung never responded to his request for information on who the recipient of the funds was.
Shamsul said he would not have transferred the money had he known that Najib was the account holder.
“Najib never contacted me over the payment,” the witness repeated thrice when detailing the three transactions.
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He added that he had attempted to find out from AmBank who the accounts belonged to, but was rebuffed.
According to Shamsul Anwar, Ihsan Perdana – incorporated in the 1990s as Gem Horizons Sdn Bhd – was supposed to act as SRC International Sdn Bhd’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm.
Shamsul Anwar told the court that the company had received RM40 million from an unknown source and was informed by Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia (YR1M) officials that money would be moved through his company.
“Someone (from YR1M) came and said the Ihsan Perdana account will be used for transit (of funds) and transferred out.
“I asked for details, but it was not furnished,” he said.
Shamsul Anwar said he only knew about the transfer of RM42 million from Gandingan Menteri Sdn Bhd (an SRC International subsidiary) when he read the Wall Street Journal in 2015 while in Belgium.