- Advertisement -

Ex-UKSB admin reveals more names in political donations ledger

David Tan Siong Sun says he does not intend to lodge police reports against those who have denied receiving the funds as the case is ongoing in court.

2 minute read
Former home minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi shakes hands as he arrives at the Shah Alam court complex today. Photo: Bernama
Former home minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi shakes hands as he arrives at the Shah Alam court complex today. Photo: Bernama

The Shah Alam High Court was today told that Umno information chief Shahril Sufian Hamdan, former transport minister Chan Kong Choy and former international trade and industry minister Ong Ka Chuan were also given political donations by Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd (UKSB).

Former UKSB administrative manager David Tan Siong Sun, 47, said this when cross-examined by lawyer Hamidi Mohd Noh, representing former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in his corruption case involving the foreign visa system (VLN).

Tan, who is the 17th prosecution witness, said UKSB gave political contributions amounting to RM1.162 million to Shahril while Chan was given RM7.85 million and Ong, RM922,820.

He said they were given the code names of "S Pat", "Prof" and "OKC", as written in the ledger book.

Questioned by Hamidi whether Shahril was a good friend of "Wan Badak" (former UKSB director Wan Quoris Shah Wan Abdul Ghani) and KJ (Khairy Jamaluddin), Tan said “True."
Hamidi: He was being paid monthly from that ledger?

Tan: That is correct.

Hamidi: It’s for political funds and the general election?

Tan: Yes.

Tan also agreed with Hamidi’s suggestion that Shahril, who is Umno Youth vice-chief, was given the political contribution because of his close relations with Wan Quoris Shah and Khairy.
When re-examined by deputy public prosecutor Zander Lim Wai Keong on why no police report was lodged against those who denied receiving political donations from UKSB,  Tan said he had no intention of doing so as the funds had been given out and the court  proceeding was ongoing.

Zahid 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 home minister at the time to extend the contract of the company as the operator of the one-stop centre in China and the VLN system, as well as to maintain the agreement to supply VLN integrated system paraphernalia 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 Swiss francs and US$15,000 in cash from the same company in connection with his official work.

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

The hearing before judge Mohd Yazid Mustafa continues tomorrow.