‘I signed papers while on the run’

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 02 Jul 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: A key witness told the High Court here that he had signed two directors’ circular resolutions (DCR) to appoint Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd as SRC International Sdn Bhd’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) partner despite being “on the run” in Bangkok in 2015.

Datuk Suboh Md Yassin, 68, who is a former SRC International director, said he did so after he was instructed by former CEO Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil.“Nik Faisal contacted me and informed me that there was unfinished business regarding CSR,” he said yesterday.

According to the witness, a Thai man named “Kun” was sent to him to hand over the documents.

“After I put down my signature, I handed it back to Kun for him to deliver it using DHL service,” he said.

The court had earlier heard a testimony from Suboh who said he left Malaysia and stayed in Bangkok out of fear over the scandal that had hit SRC International.

He also testified that he stayed in Abu Dhabi for a week before returning to Bangkok.

He returned to Malaysia after the May 2018 general election.

The witness was under examination-in-chief by deputy public pro­secutor Datuk Ishak Mohd Yusoff at the corruption trial of Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The former prime minister is accused of misappropriating RM42mil in SRC International funds. Suboh also said he signed a remittance order involving RM50mil to two subsidiaries of SRC International Sdn Bhd on the order of Nik Faisal.

The banking transaction involved three transactions between SRC, Gandingan Mentari Sdn Bhd and Ihsan Perdana, between Dec 24, 2014, and Feb 6, 2015, totalling RM50mil.

“I was asked by Nik Faisal to sign the document. I followed it because he was the CEO and he was responsible in financial and administration matters.

“The transaction between Gandingan Mentari and Ihsan Perdana was supposedly for CSR,” he added.

Earlier, the court denied an application by Najib who requested to skip a day in court to attend Parliament.

High Court judge Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali refused the request after hearing an application from Najib’s lead counsel, Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, and arguments from Attorney General Tommy Thomas, who objected to it.Shafee applied for an adjournment as soon as Najib’s trial started at 9.45am.

“My client has been charged and is on trial but he also has a duty to attend Parliament.

“He is not asking to be absent for the entire three weeks this case has been fixed.

“All he is asking is a reasonable request to attend today’s session and also another session when the Bill on lowering the eligible age of voters is tabled,” he said.

Thomas said there was no reason for the court to grant the request as Najib could attend Parliament after 5pm.

Justice Mohd Nazlan denied the request. The hearing continues today.

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