KUALA LUMPUR: A witness told the High Court here that the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) football association received a cheque for RM1.3mil from Yayasan Akalbudi for the management of the association in November 2015.
The association’s assistant secretary Asst Supt Mohd Nizam Mohd Noor, 39, said the cheque dated Nov 19,2015, was received from Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s son-in-law, Datuk Zul Hisham Zainal, who was the intermediary between the association and the former deputy prime minister.
According to the 20th prosecution witness, the cheque was handed to the association’s assistant treasurer, Sjn Khairul Azuan Ramli, to be banked into the association’s account.
When referred to a CIMB Bank account statement of the association dated Nov 30,2015, by Deputy Public Prosecutor Nur Aishah Maulat Ahmad Zakiuddin, Nizam confirmed finding the amount banked into the association’s account.
He was reading his witness statement on the 11th day of trial of Ahmad Zahid, who is facing 47 charges involving Yayasan Akalbudi funds amounting to millions of ringgit.
When cross-examined by counsel Datuk Rosal Azimin Ahmad who is representing Ahmad Zahid, Nizam said before receiving the cheque, he had informed Zul Hisham that the association needed RM1.3mil to pay about three to four months of player salary arrears.
Rosal Azimin: I am proposing that the RM1.3mil is a form of assistance from Ahmad Zahid through the foundation to PDRM which is badly in need of the assistance.
Rosal Azimin: I am proposing that Ahmad Zahid need not help, but he himself wanted to give the aid.
Nizam: Yes, correct.
When Rosal Azimin proposed that on July 14,2016, the National Sports Council had paid RM1mil back to the foundation and the remaining RM300,000 was a form of assistance from the foundation to PDRM, Nizam said he was not sure.
Earlier, when reading his witness statement, Zul Hisham said he did not know that his father-in-law owned Yayasan Akalbudi or any other foundation.
When cross-examined by Rosal Azimin, he said Nizam told him that the amount was for payment of player salaries and the association’s administrative expenses.
The businessman said the average total monthly remuneration for 30 PDRM players and management was about RM500,000 to RM600,000 a month and the amount was inadequate if it depended on allocations from PDRM and the Football Association of Malaysia.
Asked by Nur Aishah whether he saw any financial statement of the association in relation to the allocation of between RM500,000 to RM600,000 a month needed to pay player salaries and management of the PDRM football team, the witness said he did not see in detail and
was only informed of the matter by Nizam. — Bernama