KUALA LUMPUR: A witness told the High Court here yesterday that he donated RM6.6 million to Yayasan Akalbudi to ‘secure a job’ from its owner Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pix).
The director of MTM Network Sdn Bhd, Ng Hong Sing, 56 said the donation was paid through several cheques.
Reading his witness statement on the 26th day of Ahmad Zahid’s trial on alleged corruption, criminal breach of trust and money laundering involving millions of ringgit in funds from Yayasan Akalbudi, Ng who is the 79th prosecution witness said he was introduced to Ahmad Zahid through Datuk Ruzi who was said to be a strong man in Bagan Datuk, Perak.
“In January 2016, Ruzi told me that he could introduce me to the accused (Ahmad Zahid), but I must make a contribution to the latter’s Yayasan Akaludi ‘to get the job’,” Ng said, adding that Ruzi then told him that he (Ruzi) could get a bigger project if he donated more to Yayasan Akalbudi, to which the witness replied that the most he could give was RM6 million.
“Around February 2016, Ruzi contacted me and asked about the contribution. I negotiated with Ruzi that I could pay the RM6 million in instalments within a year as the company did not have enough money,” he was quoted as saying by the Sun Daily and Bernama.
However, during cross-examination by lawyer Datuk Ahmad Zaidi Zainal, Ng agreed that Ahmad Zahid did not promise anything (any project) from the contribution and the words (about project) only came from Ruzi.
Ahmad Zahid is facing 47 charges, with 12 of them involving criminal breach of trust, eight for corruption and 27 for money laundering involving tens of millions of ringgit in funds belonging to Yayasan Akalbudi.