KUALA LUMPUR: The financial controller of a company told the High Court here that Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd director Tan Sri Chai Kin Kong ordered him to make a payment of RM2mil to Tadmansori Holdings Sdn Bhd – which belonged to former federal territories minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
Lai Vui Kiong, 59, who worked at Chai’s company, Sinerjuta Sdn Bhd, from 2013 until 2016, said he did not know the purpose of the payment and was uncertain whether Tadmansori Holdings had any business dealings with Aset Kayamas.
“It was not often that monthly payments were made to this company,” he said when reading out his witness statement on the sixth day of Tengku Adnan’s corruption trial.
Lai, the 16th witness, said that after receiving the instruction from Chai, he checked Aset Kayamas’ account at Hong Leong Bank and found there were sufficient funds to make the payment.
“After checking the payment voucher and being satisfied with it, I then handed it to Tan Sri Chai Kin Kong for approval,” he said during examination-in-chief by deputy public prosecutor Mohammad Firdaous Mohamed Idris.
When showed the payment voucher, Lai, who was tasked with monitoring the financial position of all construction companies belonging to Chai, confirmed that the signature of the person who verified it was his, but could not remember who prepared the document.
As for the signature at the section “prepared by” on the document, Lai said he had seen it before, and the signature at the section “approved by” was that of Chai.
Questioned by Tengku Adnan’s lawyer Datuk Tan Hock Chuan whether he knew the RM2mil payment by Chai was a political contribution, Lai said he did not know.
Tan: When you received the instruction from Chai to make the RM2mil payment, did you ask for what purpose?
Lai: I did not.
Lai also concurred with Tan that there were no details on the payment voucher for the issuance of the RM2mil cheque.
When re-examined by Mohammad Firdaous on why there were no details in the payment voucher, Lai said no supporting documents were given to him for the purpose.
The hearing before Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan continues on Tuesday. — Bernama