KUALA LUMPUR: Some RM42mil was deposited into Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s private bank accounts in 2014 and 2015 from Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd but the company’s managing director was unaware about who the recipient was.
Datuk Dr Shamsul Anwar Sulaiman, in his testimony at Najib’s trial, said he would not have transferred the money if he had known the two AmBank accounts, ending with 1880 and 1906, belonged to the former premier.
“I had asked Aishah Ghazali to run a check on who the owner was but she was told that the bank could not release such information to third parties. I had also asked the finance director Datuk Abdul Aziz Ismail to check, but he did not get back to me on this.
“If I had known the accounts belonged to Najib, I would not have made these payments,” he said during examination-in-chief by DPP Muhammad Saifuddin Hashim Musaimi at the High Court yesterday.
The court had earlier heard Aishah’s testimony. She was Ihsan Perdana’s former accounts executive.
She told the court that she was instructed by Dr Shamsul to transfer a total of RM42mil from Ihsan Perdana’s funds to two AmBank accounts through three transactions; RM27mil and RM5mil on Dec 26, 2014; and RM10mil on Feb 9, 2015.
The RM27mil and RM10mil were transferred to the bank account ending with 1880 and RM5mil was deposited to the bank account ending with 1906.
Ihsan Perdana is the corporate social responsibility (CSR) unit of SRC International Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Dr Shamsul affirmed that it was his signature on the remittance forms prepared by Aishah.
The witness explained that he received an email from Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia (YR1M) CEO Ung Su Ling who instructed the funds to be transferred to the said accounts.
“The purpose of the transfer was for corporate social responsibility, but that was only my guess.
“I make this assumption because instructions from Ung was always related to CSR programmes,” he said.
Dr Shamsul, who is a trained medical doctor, said Ihsan Perdana had received its yearly funding from Yayasan 1MDB (Y1MDB) and YR1M for RM20mil each since 2011.
“These funds were for CSR programmes but RM5mil would be used for operational expenses yearly,” he said.
Some of the programmes implemented by Ihsan Perdana were special projects for haj, helping the poor and supplying water in Kelantan.
According to Shamsul, Ihsan Perdana was appointed as the CSR partner for SRC International through a letter dated Sept 3, 2014.
“The letter also stated that SRC wanted to give a grant of RM250mil for CSR work. SRC appointed Ihsan Perdana because its director Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil knows me since we worked together in 1MDB from 2010 and 2011,” he said.
However, Ihsan Perdana had never received instructions to run a CSR programme nor received the RM250mil grant as stated in the letter.
Dr Shamsul also affirmed to the court that RM50mil was banked into Ihsan Perdana’s account in three transactions – RM40mil on Dec 24, 2014; RM5mil on Feb 5, 2015; and RM5mil on Feb 6, 2015.
The witness said he did not know who banked in the money.
“Before the RM40mil was deposited, YR1M project director Dennis See saw me at the Ihsan Perdana office and informed me that some money would be deposited into the company’s account for ‘transit’ purposes and it would subsequently be transferred out.” The witness said he asked See for details but the latter did not explain or furnish him with the information.
The hearing before Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali continues on May 28.