KUALA LUMPUR: The authenticity of a receipt produced by a key witness in the corruption trial of Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor relating to a political donation is being questioned in court.
The issue arose after Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd managing director Tan Sri Chai Kin Kong shockingly produced a receipt bearing the number 376241 from his wallet, allegedly from Umno for the RM2mil donation, when he took the stand as a prosecution witness on Wednesday.
Chai said Tengku Adnan gave him the receipt on June 14, 2016, two days after he handed over the RM2mil cheque addressed to Tadmansori Holdings Sdn Bhd.
Following that, on Thursday, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) seized Umno’s official receipt book.
In yesterday’s proceedings, MACC assistant enforcement officer Nik Muhammad Faiez Idris testified that he seized the receipt book from the Umno headquarters as directed by the investigating officer.
The 20th prosecution witness said he went to Umno’s headquarters with his colleague and met a finance officer known as Faradila.
“She gave me a list of Umno’s official receipt books and I seized a book bearing the same receipt’s number with the one involved in this case,” he said during examination-in-chief by Deputy Public Prosecutor Julia Ibrahim.
Asked whether he found a copy of the receipt received by Chai in the book, he said: “No”.
DPP Julia: What is the date for the copy of receipt number 376240?
Faiez: Nov 12, 2018.
DPP Julia: Can you find the copy for receipt number 376241?
DPP Julia: What is the date for the copy of receipt number 376242?
Faiez: Nov 16, 2018.
The witness will be cross-examined by Tengku Adnan’s lead counsel Datuk Tan Hock Chuan on Aug 1.
Earlier, High Court judge Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan allowed the prosecution’s application to call Faiez to testify following the revelation of the receipt.
He ruled that the prosecution could call anyone as a witness as they see fit as the court cannot stop the prosecution from calling new witnesses.
“In relation to the trial resuming on Aug 1 and Aug 2, the defence will have ample time to examine the receipt before continuing with their cross-examination,” he said.
DPP Julia in her submission said the prosecution decided to call Faiez due to the latest discovery of the receipt.
“This is a new development as the witness did not inform us about it during the investigation,” she added.
“The document was never in our possession and knowledge, thus, we could not submit it to the defence team before the trial.”
Tan objected to the prosecution’s application on grounds that the document should be checked and obtained by the prosecution before the trial started.
Chai, in his witness statement, said he gave RM2mil to Tadmansori Holdings after Tengku Adnan told him that Umno needed between RM5mil and RM6mil for by-elections.
The prosecution, in its opening statement, had alleged that there was a conflict of interest between Tengku Adnan’s position as the then Federal Territories minister and Aset Kayamas’ property development activities.
Aset Kayamas was founded by Chai in 2011, with a focus on housing development projects.Tengku Adnan was charged on Jan 23 this year under the Penal Code for allegedly receiving RM2mil as bribery from Chai.