KUALA LUMPUR: Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman had ordered the withdrawal of RM1mil from the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s Armada account for concern that there can be a change within the celebration’s management, the High Court right here was informed.
Former Armada assistant secretary Ahmad Redzuan Mohamed Shafi, 32, stated Syed Saddiq informed him that he had the correct to make use of the cash, which he had sourced by means of donations.
According to the particular officer to Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin, a gathering was held at Syed Saddiq’s home in Petaling Jaya, Selangor in early March 2020.
“The assembly was attended by me and Rafiq Hakim Razali (Armada assistant treasurer). We mentioned concerning the change in authorities and Armada’s place within the authorities as a result of YB Syed Saddiq was within the opposition bloc together with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“YB Syed Saddiq ordered Rafiq Hakim and I to withdraw the cash amounting to RM1mil from Armada’s account,” he stated when studying his witness assertion on the trial of Syed Saddiq, who faces 4 prices associated to prison breach of belief (CBT) and cash laundering.
According to the eleventh prosecution witness, Syed Saddiq stated the cash needed to be withdrawn from the account to strengthen his place because the Armada chief within the occasion of any inside celebration disaster.
Ahmad Redzuan stated solely him and Rafiq Hakim had been known as by Syed Saddiq to attend the assembly as a result of they had been the trustee signatories of Armada’s CIMB Bank cheques and solely the three of them knew concerning the matter.
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“Rafiq Hakim and I withdrew RM1mil from Armada’s official account on March 6, 2020 on the instruction of YB Syed Saddiq.
“(However), YB Syed Saddiq didn’t inform me and Rafiq Hakim whether or not the withdrawal had obtained permission of the Bersatu supreme council management,” stated Ahmad Redzuan who knowledgeable that Syed Saddiq had additionally informed him the cash was meant for celebration use.
The witness additionally stated that he had steered to Rafiq Hakim to maintain the cash at Mohd Daniel’s home as a result of the latter had a secure.
Ahmad Redzuan stated Rafiq Hakim agreed to his suggestion and after the cash was withdrawn from the account, Rafiq Hakim introduced the cash to his home earlier than handing it to Mohd Daniel.
The witness added that he solely knew that Syed Saddiq’s order was an offence after being summoned by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on June 3, 2020 for violating Clause 24 of the Bersatu Constitution.
Ahmad Redzuan stated in keeping with Clause 24, the treasurer-general is simply allowed to maintain retail money of not exceeding RM50,000 at a time and the cash should be stored in a secure place in a registered workplace for the celebration’s retail bills.
He stated expenditure in extra of RM500,000 at anybody time isn’t allowed with out the prior permission of the supreme council.
“I affirm that YB Syed Saddiq himself can not withdraw money from the CIMB Bank account below the identify of ‘Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Armada Pusat)’ with out instructing me and Rafiq Hakim to take action.
“Regarding the RM1mil situation, though the approval was issued by YB Syed Saddiq to me and Rafiq Hakim to withdraw the cash, it violates the ethics of withdrawing cash from Armada’s account,” he stated.
He added that he needed to abide by Syed Saddiq’s directions given his capability because the Armada chief and in addition Muar MP.
According to the primary cost, Syed Saddiq, 29, is charged because the then Bersatu Youth wing or Armada chief – who was entrusted with management of Armada funds – of abetting Rafiq Hakim, Armada’s assistant treasurer on the time, with CBT of RM1mil in funds belonging to the wing.
He is alleged to have dedicated the offence at CIMB Bank Bhd, Menara CIMB KL Sentral, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2 right here on March 6, 2020, and is charged below Section 406 of the Penal Code, which supplies for imprisonment as much as 10 years with whipping, and is liable to a tremendous, if discovered responsible.
For the second cost, the accused is charged with misusing property for himself, specifically RM120,000 from the Maybank Islamic Bhd account belonging to Armada Bumi Bersatu Enterprise, by inflicting Rafiq Hakim to dispose of the cash.
Syed Saddiq is accused of having dedicated the offence at Malayan Banking Bhd, Jalan Pandan 3/6A, Taman Pandan Jaya right here between April 8 and 21, 2018, and charged below Section 403 of the Penal Code, which carries a minimal jail time period of six months and a most of 5 years with whipping, and is punishable by a tremendous, if convicted.
He additionally faces two counts of participating in cash laundering actions, specifically two transactions of RM50,000, believed to be proceeds of illegal actions, from his Maybank Islamic Bhd account into his Amanah Saham Bumiputra account.
Syed Saddiq is accused of committing the offence at a financial institution in Jalan Persisiran Perling, Taman Perling, Johor Baru, on June 16 and 19, 2018.
The trial earlier than Judicial Commissioner Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid continues tomorrow. – Bernama