KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Chai Kin Kong gave RM2mil to Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor as a political donation in 2016, the High Court was told.
Chai, the managing director of Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd, told the court via his written statement that he issued a cheque for RM2mil addressed to Tadmansori Holdings Sdn Bhd dated June 14, 2016.
The court had prior to this heard that Tengku Adnan was a major shareholder of Tadmansori Holdings.
“On the matter of the cheque, I verify the RM2mil payment is a donation to Tengku Adnan, as he had asked a donation from me for political funds.
“As I remember, Tengku Adnan stated that Umno needed funds of about RM5mil to RM6mil for by-elections. I did not promise how much I would give but I would give him the donation cheque when I had money,” said Chai.
Chai was a witness at the corruption trial of Tengku Adnan, who was charged on Jan 23 this year with allegedly receiving RM2mil as bribery from him.
“At that time, I did not know who owned Tadmansori Holdings and I didn’t ask him why the donation should be given to the company and not to Umno’s account,” he said.
Chai told the court he gave the cheque personally to Tengku Adnan at his office at the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) headquarters.
“I often went to his office in DBKL headquarters since (my company) started being involved in Rumawip (Federal Territories Affordable Housing Project) to discuss issues regarding the project,” he said.
On the first day of the trial, the prosecution had alleged there was conflict of interest between Tengku Adnan’s post as the then Federal Territories minister and Aset Kayamas’ property development activities.
Deputy public prosecutor Julia Ibrahim – in her opening statement on the first day of the trial – told the court that Chai had personally handed a proposal on developing a 4.05-acre site in Bandar Tun Razak to Tengku Adnan on Jan 27, 2015.
The proposal – which was for Aset Kayamas to buy the land and to develop it into affordable housing units and apartments – was however rejected by the then Kuala Lumpur mayor, said DPP Julia.
Despite the rejection, Tengku Adnan however continued to deal with Chai on the proposal, she said.
The trial continues before Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan today.