Syed Saddiq did not inform EC of expenditure list for GE14 campaign, says MACC officer

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigation officer told the High Court on Tuesday (Sept 27) that she did not know of a list of 10 expenditures for the campaign in the 14th general election amounting RM171,675, as submitted by Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman to the Election Commission (EC).

Nurul Hidayah Kamarudin, 33, who was called back for cross-examination by the defence team made the statement when asked by counsel Gobind Singh Deo, who is representing Syed Saddiq at the criminal breach of trust and money laundering case trial of the Muar MP before Judicial Commissioner Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid.

Gobind: Are you aware of the 10 items (expenditure) that YB Syed Saddiq had submitted to EC, namely candidate deposit (RM10,000), campaign material deposit (RM5,000), election advertisement permit (RM200), election advertisement (RM50), PKR souvenirs (RM51,784), cost of accommodation (RM2,120), distribution and advertising (RM29,100), printing (RM69,491), photostat materials (RM750) and button badge (RM3,180).

Nurul Hidayah: Don’t know.

During re-examination by deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Asyraf Mohamed Tahir, the 28th witness said Syed Saddiq did not inform her of the expenditure declaration for GE14 to EC, while recording the accused’s conversation.

"YB Syed Saddiq only to me to refer the expenditure document to Amshar (the individual said to be managing the personal and political finances of Syed Saddiq). However, Amshar denied managing the receipts of payment for GE14 in 2018,” she said.

Apart from Nurul Hidayah, two more MACC investigating officers were also called back to give their statements, namely Mohd Syahmeizy Sulong and Asbi Munip.

The prosecution today rest its case after calling 30 witnesses to testify and the court set Oct 6 and 7 for oral submissions by both parties.

Syed Saddiq, 30, is charged as the then Bersatu youth wing or Armada chief, who was entrusted with control of its funds, with abetting Rafiq Hakim with CBT of RM1mil in funds belonging to the wing at CIMB Bank Bhd, Menara CIMB KL Sentral, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, here on March 6, 2020.

For the second charge, Syed Saddiq is alleged to have misused property for himself, namely RM120,000 from the Maybank Islamic Bhd account belonging to Armada Bumi Bersatu Enterprise, by causing Rafiq Hakim to dispose of the money at Malayan Banking Bhd, Jalan Pandan 3/6A, Taman Pandan Jaya here, between April 8 and 21, 2018.

He also faced two counts of engaging in money-laundering activities, namely two transactions of RM50,000 each believed to be proceeds from unlawful activities, from his Maybank Islamic Bhd account into his Amanah Saham Bumiputra account at a bank in Jalan Persisiran Perling, Taman Perling, Johor Baru, on June 16 and 19, 2018. - Bernama

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