KUALA LUMPUR: The testimony by Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd (IPSB) managing director Datuk Dr Shamsul Anwar Sulaiman at the trial of Datuk Seri Najib Razak today seemed had ridiculed the 7 charges against the former premier.
Shamsul Anwar, the trial’s 37th witnesses affirmed the earlier testimony by the 36th witness, IPSB’s ex-senior account executive Aishah Ghazali, that a sum of RM42 million was deposited into Najib’s private accounts in AmBank.
Aishah testified, which was later confirmed by Shamsul Anwar, that the money was transferred in three tranches of payments from IPSB’s account in Affin Bank on Dec 26, 2014 and Feb 10, 2015.
Sums of RM27 million and RM5 million were transferred into Najib’s accounts in 2014 and the balance RM10 million was transferred in 2015, totalling RM42 million.
Najib, also the former Finance Minister 1, currently faces 7 charges of abuse of power, criminal breach of trust and money-laundering pertaining to an alleged misappropriation of RM42 million belonging to SRC International Sdn Bhd.
But the alleged RM42 million was never from SRC International, at least according to Shamsul Anwar’s testimony at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.
He also confirmed that the money transferred into Najib’s accounts was neither done under any instruction from SRC International or Najib.
He was indeed instructed via email to transfer the RM42 million into Najib’s accounts by two other persons – Ung Su Ling and Dennis See Thuan Buan.
Ung is the chief executive officer (CEO) of a separate entity, Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia’s (YR1M), while Dennis See is YR1M project director.
Shamsul Anwar testified that he thought the money was for CSR programmes, adding that he never knew then that the AmBank’s private accounts holder was Najib.
“I would not have deposited the money into that accounts if I knew then the accounts holder was him (Najib).”
One might wonder on what grounds did the Attorney-General press 7 corruption charges against Najib pertaining to a non-existent SRC International money?
IPSB was set up in 2011 to undertake corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects under the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Shamsul Anwar, who was previously a 1MDB director in charge of CSR programmes, was appointed as IPSB managing director.
He testified that when IPSP was incorporated, there was a written assurance that a grant of RM250 million would be given by SRC International to IPSB.
But, he said the “grant never came. Neither IPSB received any other money from SRC International.”
Shamsul Anwar testified that Najib had never contacted him on the RM42 million.
One shall recall that Shamsul Anwar was the co-accused on a leaked corruption charge sheet allegedly prepared by a special task force headed by then AG Tan Sri Gani Patail against Najib in 2015.
The charge sheet was first published by British mercenary Clare Rewcastle Brown’s blog – Sarawak Report, in 2015.
The charge sheet was later denounced as fake by the AG Chambers then. – NTHQiBord, 15 Mei 2019.