He is reportedly an UMNO member and paid various sums to UMNO big shots.
Zarul Ahmad Bin Mohd Zulkifli, who perportedly offered Lim Guan Eng a bribe, actually gave RM500k to Nazri Aziz, RM200k to Ismail Sabri, RM100k to Halimah Sadique, RM100k to Nur Jazlan, RM50k to Zahid Hamidi, RM50k to Zainal Abidin Rahim and RM500k to Rahman Dahlan…
He claims to have been cheated of many millions.
Who is Zarul Ahmad – key figure in Guan Eng’s bribery charges?
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Zarul gained attention after becoming the public face of a consortium that was in 2013 granted the role to undertake a massive infrastructure project comprising three highways in Penang island and an undersea tunnel across the Penang Strait.
Before that, the 60-year-old Umno member was known as a well-connected corporate figure who started out as a company secretary and later sat on the board of various companies, ranging from IT to construction.
It was also with Zarul’s connections that China-based Beijing Urban Construction Group Co Ltd (BUCG) was brought in to become part of the consortium that won the RM6.3 billion infrastructure project in 2013. The project was initially estimated to be RM8 billion.
However, BUCG was booted out of the project in 2016, purportedly due to an unrelated incident in Kuala Lumpur where a crane operated by the company fell and crushed a woman in her car.
BUCG was later omitted from the consortium’s name.
In January 2018, the MACC conducted a series of raids in relation to the project and Zarul was arrested and remanded for 11 days. No charges were brought against him to date.
Zarul asked for money back after arrest
It was further reported that Zarul had sought help to influence members of the then BN federal government to drop the case.
Zarul allegedly paid RM19 million to a “Datuk Seri” who purportedly claimed he had connections to a senior member of the BN government at the time who could get the MACC to back off.
Zarul also allegedly paid another RM3 million to a “Datuk” to likewise use his connection to a government MP for the same purpose.
The two incidents came to light after Zarul on Feb 24, 2018 – a month following his arrest – issued letter of demands through his consortium, asking for the money back after they apparently failed to hold their end of the bargain. The money was termed “consultancy fees”.
Zarul had believed that the “Datuk” was a representative of Baling MP Abdul Azeez Rahim and therefore directed the letter of demand to him. Abdul Azeez denied the contents of Zarul’s letter of demand and lodged a police report.
Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd later withdrew the letter of demand and apologised, according to Azeez. The company did not comment.
Meanwhile, the “Datuk Seri” was 39-year-old businessperson G Gnanaraja, who was in April 2019 charged in the Shah Alam Sessions Court for allegedly deceiving Zarul that he had the political connections to make MACC close the case for RM19 million.
Zarul, in July 2018, admitted to making the payments but claimed he was threatened.
Fast forward to today, under yet another new government, Zarul will likely be a key witness in Lim’s (photo) alleged graft case.