When “Salam” means “Cash”! *From the Isa Samad trial…

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The 9 Salams

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The Star

Salam’ from Isa Samad was code word for cash request, says witness


KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Isa Samad’s “greeting” (salam) was a sign that he wanted money – allegedly as kickback for assisting Gegasan Abadi Properties Sdn Bhd (GAPS) to sell a hotel in Kuching to Felda Investment Corporation Sdn Bhd (FIC) at an inflated price, the High Court heard.

Former member of GAPS board of directors Ikhwan Zaidel, 59, told the court on Thursday (Oct 24) that the “greeting” was always delivered by Isa’s former special officer Zahid Md Arip.

Ikhwan, the 16th prosecution witness in Isa’s criminal breach of trust (CBT) and RM3mil graft trial, had earlier told the court that Zahid had informed him that Isa had wanted money for “political purposes”.

Reading from his witness statement, he said he would meet Zahid from time to time whenever he was in Kuala Lumpur for business.

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