Ex-company director denies lying during Zahid transplant trial

A FORMER director of Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd (UKSB) today denied dishonesty giving evidence in the corruption trial of Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at the Shah Alam High Court.

Wan Quoris Shah Wan Abdul Ghani, 42, also disagreed with the suggestion by lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, who represented the former deputy prime minister, that he had not given any money to Zahid.

Yesterday, Wan Quoris Shah in his testimony said that Zahid received donations (money) from the company between 2014 and 2018.

He said the financial aid given to Zahid was aimed at strengthening the UKSB’s position as a contractor to the Home Office.

Earlier, the 16th prosecution witness also disagreed with Hisham’s suggestion that he, along with former UKSB director Harry Lee Vui Khun and former UKSB administrative director David Tan, conspired in corruption, money laundering and criminal breach of trust.

He also disagreed with lawyer Ahmad Zaidi Zainal’s assertion that the money allegedly given to the Umno president had in fact been taken and used by the three of them.

Zaidi: And that’s why you can live luxuriously, owning a bungalow in Putrajaya, a semi-D in Cyberjaya and a luxury apartment in Pavilion Residences as well as various luxury vehicles worth just over 2 million RM?

Wan Quoris: I disagree.

During a review by Deputy Prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin, Wan Quoris said that with an income of RM100,000 per month, he could afford to buy several luxury properties and vehicles worth RM8 million. from RM.

He said his starting salary with the UKSB was RM10,000 per month in 2013, before increasing to RM30,000 and finally to RM100,000 in 2018.

Zahid, 69, faces 33 charges of taking bribes worth 13.56 million Singapore dollars (RM42 million) from the UKSB as an inducement for him- even in his capacity as a civil servant and Minister of Interior at the time to extend the company’s contract as the operator of the One-Stop Center (OSC) in China and the Overseas Visa (VLN) system, as well as the maintenance of the agreement for the supply of VLN integrated system equipment to the same company by the Ministry of the Interior.

On seven other counts, Zahid was charged as home minister with obtaining for himself S$1,150,000, RM3 million, €15,000 (RM69,335) and 15,000 US$ (RM66,331) in cash from the same company in connection with his official work.

He is accused of committing all offenses at Seri Satria, Presint 16, Putrajaya, and Country Heights, Kajang, between October 2014 and March 2018.

The trial before Judge Mohd Yazid Mustafa continues on Thursday. – Bernama, June 14, 2022.