KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 — Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had permitted the usage of cheques from charitable organisation Yayasan Akalbudi to pay for his private bank card payments and had additionally allowed the stamping of his signatures on the cheques, his former govt secretary advised the courtroom right now.
Testifying because the 90th prosecution witness, Main Mazlina Mazlan @ Ramly right now testified in her former boss Zahid’s trial over alleged legal breach of belief, corruption and cash laundering.
Mazlina mentioned that she recalled Zahid telling her in 2016 within the House Ministry’s workplace to cease utilizing cheques from Yayasan Akalbudi’s account to pay for his private bank card payments, because the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Fee (MACC) was investigating the matter.
“The final time I used Yayasan Akalbudi’s cheques to pay bank cards was in early 2016. So far as I keep in mind, at the moment, Datuk Seri ordered me to not use Yayasan Akalbudi cheques anymore to pay for bank cards because it was mentioned that the MACC has began conducting investigations.
“I did not ask further. I was asked to pay for the credit cards using cash,” she mentioned in her witness assertion right now, later explaining that she had obtained the cash from Zahid to pay for subsequent bank card statements.
Proof introduced in courtroom had beforehand proven that Zahid is a trustee of Yayasan Akalbudi.
The usage of Yayasan Akalbudi’s cheques
Mazlina mentioned she had labored as Zahid’s govt secretary for round seven years from December 9, 2011 to May 2018, protecting his stints as defence minister, residence minister and deputy prime minister.
When she first took up the submit in December 2011, Mazlina mentioned her predecessor Datuk Rosiah Osman had knowledgeable her that her duties included dealing with Zahid’s private payments.
Mazlina mentioned Rosiah had handed her Yayasan Akalbudi’s file, Yayasan Akalbudi’s cheque guide underneath Affin Bank, Yayasan Akalbudi’s official stamp, a stamp with Zahid’s signature, in addition to a Maybank cheque guide underneath Zahid’s identify, with Mazlina additional noting that she then stored the cheque books obtained in a locked drawer.
Mazlina mentioned she had used Yayasan Akalbudi’s cheques with Zahid’s approval for numerous functions, particularly paying his private bank card payments, automobile insurance coverage and highway tax for Zahid’s autos, a fee to the Persatuan Bolasepak PDRM and two corporations.
Bank card funds
Mazlina mentioned Zahid had 4 bank cards with AmIslamic Bank with two supplementary playing cards underneath his spouse’s identify, in addition to two bank cards with Maybank and one American Specific bank card underneath his personal identify.
“Throughout the time I worked with Datuk Seri, I prepared cheques to pay his personal credit card bills using Yayasan Akalbudi’s cheques. I did so with Datuk Seri’s permission,” she mentioned, additional noting that every one such cheques that she had ready for the month-to-month bank card funds weren’t pre-signed by Zahid.
Mazlina mentioned that she would current the Yayasan Akalbudi cheques together with the month-to-month bank card statements to Zahid every time when searching for for his signature on the cheques, noting Zahid’s meticulous scrutiny of the cheques earlier than affixing his signature along with his personal pen — normally in black ink — whereas she remained current.
“Each time I presented Yayasan Akalbudi’s cheques that I have filled in for the payment of the credit card bills, Datuk Seri never questioned me why I used Yayasan cheques. Datuk Seri also never questioned me on why I did not use his personal cheques, that is the Maybank account,” she testified right now.
The usage of Zahid’s stamped signature
Mazlina mentioned she began utilizing a “chop” or stamping Zahid’s signature in Yayasan Akalbudi’s cheques round 2014 however just for his private bank card payments and when he was not current within the workplace, saying nevertheless that she had began doing so solely after searching for Zahid’s permission.
Mazlina famous Zahid’s busier schedule as residence minister and deputy prime minister in comparison with his time as defence minister and with him incessantly out of the realm and in addition overseas, saying it was laborious for her to fulfill him to hunt his directions.
Mazlina additionally mentioned she incessantly obtained the month-to-month bank card statements after the deadline to pay because the payments weren’t despatched on to her desk, noting that she was fearful that late fee would trigger the usage of Zahid and his spouse’s bank cards to be blocked and trigger inconvenience to them, particularly once they had been overseas.
“So to avoid any inconvenience to Datuk Seri or Datin Seri, I asked for Datuk Seri’s permission to use his signature chop. Datuk Seri agreed and said okay,” she mentioned.
Zahid’s trial earlier than Excessive Court docket choose Collin Lawrence Sequerah is anticipated to renew this afternoon.
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