KUALA LUMPUR – The 16th witness of the corruption involving Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor on the RM1.25 billion supply and installation of solar hybrid energy project for 369 rural schools in Sarawak continued to testify today.
During the cross-examination by the defence counsel, Rayyan Radzwill Abdullah alleged that the former special aide to Rosmah, Datuk Rizal Mansor had requested an amount of money from him for his family and himself to perform their umrah.
Answering Datuk Akberdin Abdul Kader, Rayyan said that Rizal requested the money from his business partner, the Managing Director of Jepak, Saidi Abang Samsudin. Nevertheless, he did not know the actual amount of money requested by Rizal.
However, after Akberdin drilled deeper into the ‘gratification’ given to Rizal by Saidi, Rayyan said that he was not sure but only knew about the RM500,000 for Rizal to perform his umrah.
Akberdin: When Saidi wanted you to hand over RM500,000 to Rizal at his house in Segambut, did you followed him?
Rayyan: Yes, I followed. Saidi brought the bag.
Akberdin: Do you agree that Rizal has been paid by Saidi RM50,000 for seven times throughout the solar project, such as the award of contract etcetera between 2015 and 2016?
Rayyan: I’m not sure about that. What I know is, when he wanted to perform umrah with his family, he requested money from Saidi. He also told me to tell Saidi about that.
Rizal asked for money for his umrah. I’m not sure about the rest.
Akberdin: Do you know that Rizal was charged on 4 counts of charges in this court? And the case was dropped.
Rayyan: I know.
Earlier, while reading out his witness statement, Rayyan claimed that Saidi needed an influential person to get the support of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to get the award for the solar hybrid project.
For that, according to Rayyan, Saidi tried to get the help from Rizal to deal with Rosmah, who is also the wife to Najib.
According to Rayyan, Rizal also requested for his ‘share’ of RM5 million per year for five years from Saidi.
The money, he said, was his ‘wages’ in helping Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd in getting the solar hybrid project to install solar energy for the rural schools in Sarawak from the Ministry of Education (MOE) in 2016.
Yesterday, Rayyan alleged that the former Minister of Education, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid had requested 20 percent of RM60 million for five years or RM1 million each month for five years from Jepak Holdings as a gratification for the approval.
The trial resumes before High Court Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan.
Rosmah is on count of soliciting RM187.5 million and two counts of receiving gratification of RM6.5 million from Saidi. –MalaysiaGazette