Witnesses confirm Ku Nan owns firm that took RM2m from developer

Khairolrony Kamarudin, assistant manager at CIMB’s Taman Setiawangsa branch, is pictured at the Kuala Lumpur High Court Complex July 2, 2019. ― Picture by Hari Anggara
Khairolrony Kamarudin, assistant manager at CIMB’s Taman Setiawangsa branch, is pictured at the Kuala Lumpur High Court Complex July 2, 2019. ― Picture by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR, July 2 — Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor is the majority shareholder of Tadmansori Holdings Sdn Bhd, the company that received RM2 million in its bank account in 2016, two witnesses in the former minister’s trial confirmed today.

Tengku Adnan, the former federal territories minister commonly called Ku Nan, is on trial for allegedly receiving a RM2 million bribe via property developer Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd’s Hong Leong Islamic Bank cheque dated June 14, 2016 that was deposited into Tadmansori Holdings’ bank account.

First prosecution witness Muhamad Akmaludin Abdullah, an assistant registrar of the Companies Commission of Malaysia aged 36, outlined details of both Aset Kayamas and Tadmansori Holdings.

Confirming that Tadmansori Holdings’ stated nature of business is investment holdings and management services, Akmaludin said the company had RM100 million in capital, the bulk of which belonged to Tengku Adnan while the remaining shares worth RM4 are owned by Datuk Tengku Rethwan Tengku Mansor, who is believed to be the politician’s brother.

Akmaludin said the company formed on August 25, 1987 has four directors listed: Tengku Rethwan, Tengku Adnan’s sons Tengku Iqbal Munawwir and Tengku Daud Shah, as well as Tengku Adnan’s wife Datin Seri Anggraini Sentiyaki.

Akmaludin also confirmed Aset Kayamas as having been established on January 11, 2011 as a housing developer and general contractor.

He confirmed Aset Kayamas had RM43 million capital with RM27.95 million worth of shares owned by Chai and the remaining RM12.9 million and RM2.15 million shares were owned by Mohd Shah Rizal Mohd Jan and Chai Woon Yun, with all three also the company’s directors.

CIMB Taman Setiawangsa branch’s assistant manager Khairolrony Kamarudin, who is the second prosecution witness, confirmed details regarding a current account in CIMB under Tadmansori Holdings’ name.

Khairolrony confirmed that Tengku Adnan and Tengku Rethwan had applied on July 8, 1998 for a current account to be opened for Tadmansori Holdings, with the application approved on July 23, 1998.

Khairolrony also referred to an account statement dated June 30, 2016 for Tadmansori Holdings’ current account with the account number 80-0117974-7.

“Referring to the date June 14, 2016 in this document, I verify there has been a deposit of RM2 million into this Tadmansori Holdings Sdn Bhd account,” he told the court, adding that the transaction had went through.

When confirming the RM2 million deposit, he referred to the June 14, 2016 Hong Leong Islamic Bank cheque with the cheque number 136822 for RM2 million as issued out by Aset Kayamas.

When cross-examined by Tengku Adnan’s lawyer Datuk Tan Hock Chuan, the CIMB officer aged 44 confirmed he did not know the purpose of the cheque.

Khairolrony also confirmed that the Tadmansori Holdings account was still active.

Referred to Tadmansori Holdings’ account statement, Khairolrony also confirmed that the account’s opening balance on May 31, 2016 is over RM2 million or RM2,982,567.72, and that its closing balance on June 30, 2016 is over RM27 million or RM27,191,234.55.

Khairolrony also confirmed that the account statement showed amounts of RM2 million each being deposited on four occasions during June 2016, namely on June 6, June 14, June 16 and June 17.

Trial before High Court judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan resumes 2pm, where the third witness is expected to be called.

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