KUALA LUMPUR: The trial of former National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp) consultant Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail continued today, as both he and the company agreed that the fee for consultancy and corporate advisory services rendered was RM2.75mil.
Shamsubahrin is charged with five counts of cheating NFCorp executivechairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail, 65, into providing the services to NFCorp and handing over cheques worth RM1.755mil to him as well as 17 counts of money-laundering. Mohamad Salleh said the RM2.75mil was a 12-month service bill and this was agreed verbally during their first meeting at a restaurant in Bukit Tunku on Nov 20, 2011.
"I agreed to meet Shamsubahrin as that time we had been attacked by the Opposition alleging NFCorp had failed to perform. At that time no one had come forward to assist us to overcome the issue," he said.
He said he was very happy when Shamsubahrin told him that there was a VVIP willing to help him solve the problem.
He was responding to a question by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC) head of prosecution Datuk Abdul Razak Musa during examination-in-chief in the trial of Shamsubahrin.
Mohamad Salleh also said the fee was agreed at RM2.5mil as stated in the consultancy service agreement, but was not sure the reason as to why the agreement had not been signed.
He said there was no progress made after four cheques worth RM255,000, RM700,000, RM300,000 and RM500,000 - totaling RM1.75mil or 65% out of the total agreed, were paid to Shamsubahrin.
Mohamad Salleh said if he had known that Shamsubahrin Consultancy Sdn Bhd had ceased operations on March 5, 2009, he would not have appointed Shamsubahrin as NFCorp consultant.
To a question by DPP Abdul Razak on how he obtained Shamsubahrin's number, Mohamad Salleh replied, "I got his handphone number on Nov 19, 2011 via my wife Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil's private secretary".
Earlier, Shahrizat, 59, testified that Shamsubahrin had continuously called her private secretary Datuk Roziyah Mohd Yusuff as he wanted to speak to her on the NFCorp issue.
The Wanita Umno chief said Shamsubahrin made claims about formerprime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad wanting to bring him (Shamsubahrin) in to help her husband in the NFCorp issue.
"I did not believe on what he said about Tun Dr Mahathir and I was very suspicious," she said.
Shamsubahrin was represented by lead counsel Kamarul Hisham Kamarudin.
The hearing before judge Rozilah Salleh continues today.
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