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Ex-UKSB director denies lying in Zahid’s corruption trial

Wan Quoris Shah Wan Abdul Ghani also denies the suggestion by Zahid's lawyer that the money allegedly paid to the Umno president was in fact taken and used by him and two others.

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Former home minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Former home minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

A former director of Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd (UKSB) today denied being dishonest when testifying in the corruption trial of Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at the High Court in Shah Alam.

Wan Quoris Shah Wan Abdul Ghani, 42, also disagreed with the suggestion by lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, representing the former deputy prime minister, that he did not give money to Zahid.

Yesterday, Wan Quoris in his testimony said Zahid had received donations from the company between 2014 and 2018.

According to him, the financial assistance given to Zahid was aimed at strengthening UKSB’s position as a contractor for the home ministry.

Earlier, the 16th prosecution witness also disagreed with Hisham’s suggestion that he, along with former UKSB director Harry Lee Vui Khun and former UKSB administrative manager David Tan, had conspired in corruption, money laundering and criminal breach of trust.

He also disagreed with lawyer Ahmad Zaidi Zainal’s suggestion that the money allegedly paid to the Umno president had in fact been taken and used by the three of them.

Zaidi: And that’s why you can live luxuriously by owning a bungalow in Putrajaya, a semi-D in Cyberjaya and a luxury apartment at Pavilion Residences as well as various luxury vehicles worth just over RM2 million?

Wan Quoris: I disagree.

During re-examination by deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin, Wan Quoris said with an income of RM100,000 a month, he could afford to buy several properties and luxury vehicles worth RM8 million.

He said his starting salary with UKSB was RM10,000 a month in 2013, increasing to RM30,000 and finally RM100,000 in 2018.

Zahid, 69, faces 33 charges of receiving bribes amounting to S$13.56 million (RM42 million) from UKSB as an inducement for himself in his capacity as a civil servant and the then home minister to extend the contract of the company as the operator of the one-stop centre in China and the overseas visa or VLN system, as well as to maintain the agreement to supply VLN integrated system equipment to the same company by the home ministry.

On another seven counts, Zahid was charged as home minister with obtaining for himself S$1,150,000, RM3 million, €15,000 and US$15,000 in cash from the same company in connection with his official work.

He was charged with committing the offences at Seri Satria, Presint 16, Putrajaya, and Country Heights, Kajang, between October 2014 and March 2018.

The trial before judge Mohd Yazid Mustafa continues on June 16.