KUALA LUMPUR: The Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd managing director told the High Court here that he would not have transferred RM42mil to the private accounts of Datuk Seri Najib Razak if he had known the former prime minister was the owner of those bank accounts.
Datuk Dr Shamsul Anwar Sulaiman, who was testifying in Najib's corruption trial involving the misappropriation of RM42mil in SRC International Sdn Bhd's funds, said he did not know who owned the two AmBank bank accounts ending 1880 and 1906.
“I asked Aishah Ghazali to run a check on who the owner was but she was told that the bank could not release that information to third parties.
“If I had known the accounts belonged to Najib, I would not have made the payments,” he said here on Wednesday (May 15).
The court had earlier heard the testimony of Aishah, who is Ihsan Perdana’s former accounts executive, saying she was instructed by Dr Shamsul to transfer a total of RM42mil from Ihsan Perdana's funds to two AmBank accounts through three transactions on Dec 26, 2014 and Feb 9, 2015.
Ihsan Perdana is the corporate social responsibility (CSR) unit of SRC International, a subsidiary of scandal-ridden 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Dr Shamsul affirmed that it was his signature on the remittance forms prepared by Aishah.
“The purpose for the transfer was for corporate social responsibility, but that is only my guess,” he said.
The witness added that he received information on the recipient of the funds in an email from Ung Su Ling from Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia.
“Usually, if it is from Ung, it would be about CSR,” he said.
The hearing before Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali continues later today (May 15).