SRC trial: RM42mil transferred to Najib between Dec 2014 and Feb 2015 for CSR

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  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Some RM42mil from the bank account of Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd was transferred to two AmBank accounts belonging to Datuk Seri Najib Razak for the purpose of corporate social responsibility (CSR), the High Court heard.

Ihsan Perdana's former accounts executive Aishah Ghazali, 37, testified that she was instructed by managing director Datuk Dr Shamsul Anwar Sulaiman to transfer the funds through three transactions on Dec 26, 2014, and Feb 9, 2015.

Ihsan Perdana is the corporate social responsibility (CSR) unit of SRC International Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

Aishah, who was reading from a witness statement, said she was instructed by Dr Shamsul to prepare a remittance form for the transfer of Ihsan Perdana's funds on Dec 26, 2014.

She said she was shown by Dr Shamsul an email from one Ung Su Ling, who she knew was a representative of Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia (YR1M).

"The email contained information of the recipient's bank account, and Dr Shamsul ordered me to make the transfer based on that information," she said here on Wednesday (May 15).

The witness said she then prepared two remittance forms as per instruction.

A total of RM27mil was transferred from Ihsan Perdana's account to an AmBank account bearing the number 211-202-201188-0 under the name "AmPrivate Banking -1MY".

"The purpose of the transfer was recorded as 'CSR Programs' which is usually what I would note there," she said.

Aishah said she also transferred RM5mil to an "AmPrivate Banking - MY" account bearing the number 202-201190-6 for the same purpose on the same day.

Previously, the High Court has heard that bank accounts with numbers ending 1880 and 1906 belonged to Najib.

The witness said after preparing the remittance form, she obtained the signatures of Dr Shamsul and Ihsan Perdana's finance director Datuk Abdul Aziz Ismail and went to process the documents at Affin Bank, The Curve.

After returning to the office, Aishah said she was ordered by Dr Shamsul to check who the owners of the two bank accounts were but failed to retrieve the info as she was informed by Affin Bank that the bank did not have this information.

On Feb 9, 2015, Aishah said she received another instruction from Dr Shamsul to transfer RM10mil from Ihsan Perdana's account to an AmBank account ending 1880 for the same CSR purpose.

Najib faces seven counts of graft involving RM42mil in SRC International funds.

The hearing before Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali continues this afternoon.

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