KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court heard that Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor (pic) normally handed out more than RM100,000 in cash advances to Umno every month.
Tengku Adnan's former private secretary, Datuk Mohd Rahimi Rejab, said this on Tuesday (July 9) under cross-examination by defense counsel, Datuk Tan Hock Chuan.
Rahimi, who served the former Federal Territories minister from 2003 to 2018, was the 10th witness to be called to the bribery trial of Tengku Adnan.
The former Federal Territories minister and now Umno treasurer general was charged on Jan 23, 2019 for allegedly receiving RM2mil in bribery from Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd chairman, Tan Sri Chai Kin Kong.
Tan: Can you estimate how much in advances is given (by Tengku Adnan) per month?
Rahimi: About RM100,000 to RM300,000 per month, maybe more.
Tan: Did you know there were two by-elections in 2016? (Referring to the by-elections in Sg Besar and Kuala Kangsar on June 18, 2016).
Tan: I was made to understand that for the by-elections, he made a lot of advances.
Rahimi: There were (Ada).
Tan: Were the cash advances given to supporters?
The court also heard that as Tengku Adnan's private secretary, Rahimi, helped arranged his political meetings if it was held at his offices in the Federal Territories Ministry building in Putrajaya, Perbadanan Putrajaya, or the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) building here.
Rahimi said the meetings were normally short, only taking about two to three minutes each time.
The trial will continue before Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan in the afternoon.