Former Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor would channel up to RM300,000 in cash to the party each month, his former senior private secretary told the Kuala Lumpur High Court today.
Mohd Rahimi Rejab said this when being cross-examined by lead defence counsel Tan Hock Chuan at Tengku Adnan’s RM2 million corruption trial.
Tengku Adnan is alleged to have received the RM2 million from Aset Kayamas, which has business dealings with Kuala Lumpur City Hall. He is charged with receiving the funds through his company Tadmansori Holdings Sdn Bhd in his capacity as federal territories minister in 2016.
Rahimi said the cash advances were frequent and went to the Umno headquarters from which they were distributed to the Federal Territories and Putrajaya chapters to meet their overheads.
Tan: Can you give a monthly estimate?
Rahimi: Around RM100,000 to RM300,000 per month.
Tan: I was told that any meeting to get money from Tengku Adnan would last just two, three minutes?
Rahimi: True. When there are appointments, they will come in numbers, like a fish market.
The meetings, Rahimi he said, would take place either at the Federal Territories Ministry, the Perbadanan Putrajaya building or at Kuala Lumpur City Hall.
Rahimi told the court that Tengku Adnan also advanced cash for the June 2016 Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections which were contested by Umno.
The prosecution alleges that the RM2 million cheque Tengku Adnan received from Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd was for the by-elections.
The prosecution further alleges that Tengku Adnan, who is the incumbent Putrajaya MP, had originally asked for RM5 to RM6 million from Aset Kayamas owner Chai Kin Kong before settling for the RM2 million.
To a question by Tan, Rahimi agreed that the cash advances were from Tengku Adnan’s own funds.
However, during re-examination by deputy public prosecutor Mohamad Firdaous Mohamed Idris later, Rahimi said he did not know the source of the cash advances.
Asked how he knew about the cash advances, Rahimi said those who were trying to get an appointment with Tengku Adnan would inform him that they were there seeking contributions.
“I’ll then ask Tengku Adnan if he wanted to meet them and only when he agreed would they be put on the list of appointments.
“He will later inform me that he gave an advance to these people,” he said.