KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor gave more than RM100,000 in cash advance to Umno every month, the High Court heard yesterday.
This was revealed by Tengku Adnan’s former private secretary Datuk Mohd Rahimi Rejab, the 10th witness to be called to the corruption trial of the former Federal Territories minister.
Tengku Adnan was charged on Jan 23 with allegedly receiving RM2mil as bribery from Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd chairman Tan Sri Chai Kin Kong.
Rahimi, who served Tengku Adnan from 2003 to 2018, was under cross-examination by defence counsel Datuk Tan Hock Chuan.
Tan: Can you estimate how much in advances was 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 Sungai Besar, Selangor, and Kuala Kangsar, Perak, in 2016.)
Tan: I was made to understand that for the by-elections, he made a lot of advances.
Rahimi added that the then Umno secretary-general had also given cash advances for the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections, which ran simultaneously on June 18, 2016.
As a private secretary, Rahimi told the court that he helped arrange Tengku Adnan’s political meetings if they were held at his offices in the Federal Territories Ministry building in Putrajaya, Perbadanan Putrajaya, and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) building here.
When asked by Tan how long meetings involving money would last, Rahimi said they were often very brief.
“Sometimes there were appointments where they (the attendees) would come in numbers ... like a fish market,” said Rahimi.
Tan: As private secretary, can you confirm he used his own money to give cash advances to Umno?
The hearing before Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan continues today.