KUALA LUMPUR: Former second finance minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah said he lied when he told the press that his resignation in 2016 was not because of the 1Malaysia Development Bhd scandal.
The 67-year-old said he did not tell the truth, because he wanted to cover for Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who was the prime minister then.
"I wanted to cover the real story. I didn't want to tell the true story to the newspapers; they would write all kinds of things.
"I did not tell the truth. I was covering for the prime minister, " he said here on Thursday (Aug 8).
Ahmad Husni was being cross-examined by Najib’s lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah at Najib’s corruption trial, involving the misappropriation of RM42mil in SRC International Sdn Bhd’s funds.
Shafee was questioning Ahmad Husni on his public statements regarding this resignation in June 2016.
Shafee then highlighted Husni’s speech to the Dewan Rakyat on Oct 24, 2016, four months after he resigned.
"I quit, but you see on social media, two days after I quit, they were attacking me for no reason, and I know who are the 'ABC' who attacked me. Why play this game?" Ahmad Husni had told the august house then.
The witness then revealed that despite his effort to “cover” for his former boss, Najib allegedly "engineered" allegations against him.
When asked what the allegations were about, Husni replied: "money and women."
Shafee: You associate (the sexual harassment claim) with Najib?
Ahmad Husni: Yes.
Shafee: A sexual harassment (allegation) by your own staffer. You think Najib is behind the sexual harassment report against you by your own female staffer?
Ahmad Husni: Yes.
Shafee: There was a police report lodged against you?
Ad hoc prosecutor Datuk V. Sithambaram stood up to object.
"The witness is angry for a good reason. Integrity cannot be questioned in a scandalous and insulting manner when it has nothing to do with the matter in court, " he said.
Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali agreed with the prosecution and did not allow the question.
The hearing continues on Thursday afternoon.
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