KUALA LUMPUR: Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was shocked and angry when he knew that someone had transferred RM42 million into his private accounts in Ambank.
In revealing this, Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd (IPSB) managing director Datuk Dr Shamsul Anwar Sulaiman testified that he had apologised to Najib for unwittingly transferring the money into former premier’s accounts.
Shamsul Anwar was testifying at Najib’s graft trial presided by Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali at the Kuala Lumpur High Court today, Wednesday May 29, 2019.
The 37th prosecution’s witness testified that Najib was upset and did not know who was the depositor of the RM42 million, adding that the former prime minister was “genuine in his reaction.”
“However, we did not discuss anything further about the matter,” he said when cross-examined by lead defence counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.
Shamsul Anwar had met and informed Najib about the matter at the ex-premier’s private residence on the third day of Hari Raya in 2015.
Najib is currently facing 7 charges of abuse of power, criminal breach of trust and money-laundering pertaining to SRC International Sdn Bhd, an ex-subsidiary of the state wealth fund, 1Malaysia Development Board (1MDB).
Shamsul Anwar testified that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had also tried to force him to lie in his statement to the investigators when he was remanded for five days in July, 2015.
Apparently, the MACC had tried to force him to admit that he knew that he had deposited RM42 million into Najibs accounts.
“But I refuted it. I didn’t know who was the recipient. I asked them (MACC) whether I must tell the truth or lie.
“So I told them the truth that I didn’t know,” he told the court.
In his earlier testimony, Shamsul Anwar said that the RM42 million was transferred in three tranches of payments from IPSB’s account in Affin Bank on Dec 26, 2014 and Feb 10, 2015 to Najib’s private accounts.
Najib’s accounts were managed by then SRC International chief executive officer (CEO) Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil.
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.
Shamsul Anwar has also testified that he only knew that Najib was the Ambank private accounts’ holder when informed about it by investigators during his MACC remand.
He also testified that he was directed to transfer the RM42 million into Najib’s accounts, unwittingly though, on the directives of two other individuals – Ung Su Ling and Dennis See Thuan Buan.
Shamsul Anwar said he never received any directive from neither Najib nor SRC International to transfer the money.
Ung is the chief executive officer (CEO) of a separate entity, Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia’s (YR1M), while Dennis See is YR1M project director.
“They (Ung and Dennis See) were my funders. So I was obligated to follow their instructions.”
IPSB was set up in 2011 to undertake corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects under the 1MDB. – 29 Mei 2019.