Former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi arrives at his corruption trial at the Kuala Lumpur High Court. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 14 FEBRUARY 2020
Former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi arrives at his corruption trial at the Kuala Lumpur High Court. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 14 FEBRUARY 2020

By Shawaliah Hadir

KUALA LUMPUR – The High Court was told that there were no passport shortage issue where the Home Ministry (KDN) had to speed up the procurement contract for Datasonic Technologies Sdn Bhd (DTSB) as their chip supplier in 2015.

The testimony was given by the former KDN Procurement Department Secretary (SUB) who stood as witness for the corruption trial against the President of UMNO, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who is also the former Home Minister.

Datuk Abd Aziz Md Nor said the following during the cross-examination with Deputy Public Prosecutor, Ahmad Sazilee Abdul Khairi.

Ahmad Sazilee: Was there a passport shortage back then?

Abd Aziz: There was no issue on passport shortage.

Earlier, the lawyer representing Ahmad Zahid, Hamidi Mohd Noh suggested to the witness that the contract award to Datasonic Technologies Sdn Bhd (DTSB) was made as the supply of the passport was at its maximum capacity.

At the same time, the defence counsel also suggested that the selection was made as the company has proven ability that they are capable of supply secured chips as passports involved security issues.

The former SUB agreed that Datasonic was able to supply secured chip, which he said was prove of concept.

Hamidi: Do you agree with me that the Letter of Acceptance (SST) had to be sped up based on the prove of concept and user acceptance tests conducted by various quarters?

Abd Aziz: Besides that, there was something else. I don’t agree with it fully.

He also said that the KDN did not submit the report to the Ministry of Finance if the passport chips supplied by the company were not proven that it could be used along with the main security aspects.

Yesterday, he told the court that Ahmad Zahid, who was also the Deputy Prime Minister issued an order through a Minutes of Meeting to speed up the SST on passport chip supply for Datasonic Technologies Sdn Bhd (DTSB).

He said, the order was issued by Zahid through a minutes dated 13 October 2015. -MalaysiaGazette

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