Never ask a question to which you don’t know the answer…
Lawyer: You say you gave a RM2m cheque to Tengku Adnan. Do you have a receipt? Witness: (Taking a piece of paper from his wallet) Here it is.
New twist in Ku Nan’s corruption trial
KUALA LUMPUR: A new twist emerged at Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s corruption trial today when a key witness revealed what could possibly be a vital piece of evidence.
As he took the witness stand, Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd managing director Tan Sri Chai Kin Kong produced a receipt from his wallet that he had allegedly received from Umno for a RM2 million political donation.
Earlier, Tengku Adnan’s lead counsel Datuk Tan Hock Chuan had asked Chai whether he had received any acknowledgement letter for the RM2 million payment, which was made to Tadmansori Holdings Sdn Bhd.
Chai, who is the 19th prosecution witness, said: “Yes, it is in my pocket now” before he took out his wallet and handed the receipt to the court.
Tan, who appeared shocked, examined the receipt and then requested that it be tendered as a defence exhibit before he continued with his cross-examination.
However, deputy public prosecutor Julia Ibrahim objected to it.
Chai said the receipt was given to him by Tengku Adnan, two days after he had handed over the cheque at the latter’s office.
Tan: The receipt was given to you by Umno for your RM2 million donation for two by-elections in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar?
Tan: Does the cheque’s number appear on the receipt?
Tan: Why you keep the receipt in your wallet?
Chai: I usually keep important documents, for example my pistol’s licence and praying amulets, in it.
Chai said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had ask for the receipt, but he could not remember where he had placed it, at the time.
“They asked for the receipt when I was called to give a statement for the first time.
“After I answered that I cannot remember where I put it (receipt), they did not ask about it again,” he said.