By Chew Lip Song
A COMPANY which operated from an apartment in KL, had no staff and no trading activities handed over cheques worth RM5 million to ex-DPM Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, his corruption trial heard today.
Berani & Jujur Trading, registered as being involved in the agriculture sector, passed the 10 cheques to Zahid, who was also the Home Minister then.
This was revealed in court by Mohd Zamri Abdul Rashid, an investigator with Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Malay Mail reported.
“About Berani & Jujur, it was found this company does not have a company, does not have workers, was registered at an apartment address, but the value of money going in and out of the account is too active with quite big sums.
“If it is referred to the Companies Commission of Malaysia, it is involved in agriculture business, and based on the witness who said it is selling textile, but based on the checks on finances, the influx and outflow of money is too active,” the MACC officer said.
Asked if the stated business activities were actually carried out by Berani & Jujur, Mohd Zamri replied: “Investigations show that the textile selling does not exist, the raid of the premises shows there is no business carried out in that apartment.
Besides, Berani & Jujur, other companies were also found to have given cheques to Zahid, Mohd Zamri, the prosecutor’s 92nd witness said.
Other companies include Mastoro Kenny and Jogabonito. Mohd Zamri said that MACC’s investigations also showed that the two other companies Mastoro Kenny and Jogabonito similarly were not carrying out business activities at the apartments that they were registered at.
He was testifying about his investigations on bribes alleged to have been given to Zahid in 2016 and 2017 via businessman Junaith Asharab Md Shariff in the form of a RM250,000 cheque issued by Jogabonito Jewellery & Diamonds, 13 cheques worth RM8 million issued by Mastoro Kenny IT Consultant & Services, and 10 cheques worth RM5 million from Berani & Jujur Trading.
Mohd Zamri said the RM250,000 cheque was given by Junaith to Zahid’s younger brother Datuk Seri Mohamad Nasaee Ahmad Tarmizi in July 2016 at the latter’s office in Cyberjaya.
He added that Junaith had in 2017 personally handed over the cheques totalling RM8 million and RM5 million to Zahid at the latter’s Country Heights residence with Nasaee present.