Akalbudi Foundation: Zahid did not sign cheques for credit card payments

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Witness, Vice-President of Maybank (Credit Card Fraud and Dispute Management), Anoop Singh Gulzara Singh attends the Yayasan Akalbudi foundation trial involving the President of UMNO cum former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid where the latter is charged with 47 counts of criminal breach of trust, corruption and money laundering at the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 02 DECEMBER 2019.
Witness, Vice-President of Maybank (Credit Card Fraud and Dispute Management), Anoop Singh Gulzara Singh attends the Yayasan Akalbudi foundation trial involving the President of UMNO cum former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid where the latter is charged with 47 counts of criminal breach of trust, corruption and money laundering at the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex.PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 02 DECEMBER 2019.

By Kasthuri Jeevendran

KUALA LUMPUR – The multi-million Ringgit trial of Yayasan Akalbudi foundation which involved its founder, former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi continued with the ninth prosecution witness today.

The Vice-President of Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank), GS Anoop Singh Gulzara Singh gave a number of ‘I don’t knows’ to defence counsel, Hisham Teh Poh Teik.

Poh Teik revealed that six cheques used by Ahmad Zahid for the payments of credit card was not signed by the President of UMNO.

On the contrary, the defence counsel said before High Court Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah that all the Maybank cheques used ‘stamped signatures’ without the knowledge of Ahmad Zahid.

Hisham: Did you know that Datuk Ahmad Zahid did not stamp those signatures himself and made payments to you (Maybank) in those six cheques?

Anoop: Don’t know.

Hisham: From this report, the six cheques mentioned by you were not signed by Datuk Ahmad Zahid.

Anoop: Yes, it seemed like it.

Hisham: I also suggest to you that the Maybank card holder, Ahmad Zahid did not stamp those six cheques. Did you know about that?

Anoop: I don’t know.

Hisham: I would also like to suggest that the six cheques were stamped by his personal assistant, Major Mazlina Mazlan? Did you know?

Anoop: Don’t know.

Hisham: I suggest to you that your card holder, Datuk Ahmad Zahid did not know that his assistant stamped those cheques. Did you know?

Anoop: Don’t know.

Hisham: Another cheque was returned by Maybank, unsigned, and that was also managed by Major Mazlina. Did you know?

Anoop: No.

Anoop Singh revealed that Ahmad Zahid had issued eight local cheques totalling RM65,321.83 to pay for his credit card and American Express (AMEX) charge card between February 2014 and July 2015.

According to Anoop Singh, the cheques were paid to Maybank Card Centre between 19 February 2014 and 9 July 2015.

“Six payments were made between 19 July and 29 October 2014 for Gold Mastercard and Platinum Visa.

“One payment was made in 20 March 2015 for Platinum Visa and one payment was made on 9 July 2015 for Platinum AMEX,” said the ninth prosecution witness when reading out his witness statement during the examination by Deputy Public Prosecutor, Lee Keng Fatt on 21 November.

Referring to the report by the Department of Chemistry Malaysia dated 28 February 2019, Hisham said that all the cheques have been sent for evaluation and they concluded that 32 cheques were produced using hand writings.

It also involved the six cheques presented by Anoop Singh in his written statement earlier.

Ahmad Zahid, 66, pleaded not guilty on 57 charges. He was charged with 12 counts of criminal breach of trust, eight for counts of corruption, 27 counts of money laundering involving multi-million Ringgit funds belonging to the Yayasan Akalbudi foundation. –MalaysiaGazette

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