Kota Kinabalu: A childhood friend of former State Water Works director Ag Mohd Tahir Ag Mohd Talib said that although three expensive vehicles were registered under the former’s company, they actually belonged to the latter. . Ampuan Hassim Ampuan Mahmot, 55, a freelancer, told the special corruption court which heard Sabah‘s biggest scandal involving RM62 million that the vehicles were still with Ag Mohd Tahir.
Therefore, the RM9.1 million money which was found on October 4, 2016 inside the Mazda6 did not belong to him as it (Mazda) was in the custody of Ag Mohd Tahir. Ampuan, who was the 11th prosecution witness, told the court that all the vehicles were purchased by Ag Mohd Tahir and that he allowed Ag Mohd Tahir to use his company name to purchase them because of their family relationship. Ampuan added that he never used the vehicles as they were all with Ag Mohd Tahir until today. Another prosecution witness, Mr. Sanin Samian, 42, Deputy Law Enforcement Officer of the Road Transport Department, confirmed that the three vehicles were registered under Syuhada Enterprise. He said there was no information provided in the ownership columns regarding the cars, indicating whether they were purchased with cash or through loans and paid for. Earlier, a ‘close friend’ of Ag Mohd Tahir who testified that he gave her RM280,000 in cash as partial payment for a RM530,000 condominium, said she may have overstated the 300 000 RM he had donated for its renovation. Christine Fiona M Ponsoi, 36, said she could not remember exactly how much she spent on the renovation which involved changing the floor, installing cabinets, decorating the kitchen and walls. The business development officer told Marcel Jude, counsel for the accused during cross-examination, that her job was to analyze business proposals. Tip: Does that mean you look at costs and budget? Witness: Yes. Lawyer: But for some strange reason, as you stated in your deposition that you appointed an interior designer, you are unable to give the court specific details of the renovation items. This means that your statement that the renovation costs RM300,000 is exaggerated. Do you agree?
Witness: I don’t actually remember, but maybe that’s an exaggeration. I am not sure of the exact cost of the renovation, so it is possible to use an approximation and therefore the exaggeration is present in both answers. However, she said the payment for the renovation was handled by her and the source of the money was Ag Mohd Tahir. Ag Mohd Tahir, 58, his wife Fauziah Piut, 55, and former deputy department director Lim Lam Beng, 66, who pleaded not guilty on December 29, 2016 to 37 counts of money laundering , involving RM61.57 million. At one suggestion, she agreed with Marcel that the entry form stating that RM14,000 cash was found in her condominium was fabricated or fake as it did not state the room where the money was found. However, when asked by the prosecution during re-examination to explain her response of accepting the fabrication and also asked if she knew why the room where the money was retrieved was not not written in the seizure form, Christine said: “Earlier I agreed that it was not stated in the form where the money was found. On the fabricated and false evidence part, I’m not sure.Christine said that on October 4, 2016, she went to her parents’ house for lunch and was surprised to find officers from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) waiting for her and took her away. taken to her condominium in Puncak Luyang. She said she was in a state of shock, fear and anxiety as the officers did not tell her why they brought her there. She said the RM14,000 in cash which she received from Ag Mohd Tahir in early September of the same year was withheld Found by officers in a plastic bag in a backpack in the condo. She agreed with the solicitor that the RM14,000 was just money for a rainy day. Christine said she was under pressure at the time and faced recurring questions from MACC officers.
“I am in an unstable state and until today I am suffering from stress because of this incident,” Christine said, adding that she was brought to the MACC office after the raid and was only released. only at 10 p.m. on the same day. Deputy Prosecutors Mahadi Abdul Jumaat and Haresh Prakash Somiah prosecuted before Judge Abu Bakar Manat. Ag Mohd Tahir and Fauziah were represented by attorney Marcel Jude while attorneys Datuk Tan Hock Chuan, Baldev Singh and Karpaljit Singh appeared for Lim. The trial continues.
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