KUALA LUMPUR: Former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had transferred RM18 million from the Yayasan Akalbudi foundation’s accounts to a law firm, witness told the High Court yesterday.
He gave instructions to the Jalan Bunus Affin Bank branch to issue seven cheques worth RM17,963,185.21 to be made out to the Messrs Lewis & Co law firm, Malay Mail reported.
Affin Bank operations officer, Narimah Miswadi, who is the prosecution’s sixth witness, said the instructions were given to her by Zahid in June 2016 at his office in Putrajaya through his assistant, and she could not go against the minister.
“Based on the instructions of Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, I made an application for approval from the headquarters to allow Yayasan Akalbudi to use banker’s cheques to make the payments to Messrs Lewis & Co .
“That time Datuk Seri Zahid was the deputy prime minister, so I could not refuse instructions from him,” she told the court.
However, Ahmad Zaidi said the withdrawn was for the construction of some tahfiz schools and mosques in Perak.
During the cross-examination, Ahmad Zaidi had asked the witness if she knew the ‘buildings’ were actually tahfiz schools and mosques meant to be constructed in Perak.
Zahid is facing 47 charges of misappropriation, corruption and criminal breach of trust involving millions of funds from the Yayasan Akalbudi.