RM42 million transferred to Najib’s account

RM42 million transferred to Najib’s account

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Ihsan Perdana senior accounts executive Aishah Ghazali testified to the court that between Dec 24, 2014 and Feb 6, 2015, there were three transactions through which Ihsan Perdana received a total of RM50 million in its Affin Bank account.

The company formerly known as Gem Horizon Sdn Bhd was a corporate social responsibility company that carried out related activities for other entities that engaged its services.

Of that amount in Ihsan Perdana’s Affin Bank account RM42 million was transferred to two AmBank accounts belonging to former premier Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak between Dec 2014 and Feb 2015 was for the purpose of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

“The RM27 million, RM5 million and RM10 million I confirm have been sent out from IPSB (Ihsan Perdana) account to the receiver accounts at AmBank on Shamsul Anwar’s orders,” she said in reference to Ihsan Perdana’s managing director

“All the transfers were for CSR,” she said.

She also revealed that Ihsan Perdana received funding from 1MDB and Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia to conduct corporate social responsibility activities.

In addition to that SRC International and its subsidiary Gandingan Mentari too pumped in money into Ihsan Perdana with SRC giving RM 20 million and Gandingan, RM103 million.

She further said that she assumed that the RM27 million transferred to Najib was for CSR purposes.

She told the court during cross-examination by Najib’s lawyer Farhan Read.

Farhan: He (Shamsul) never said the payment was for CSR?

Aishah: We understood it to mean CSR because Ihsan Perdana carries out CSR programmes (for clients) and I felt that it (RM27 million) was for CSR.

Farhan: You gave your answer based on the amount paid. You agree the amount is quite substantial at RM27 million? For example, buying office equipment only cost thousands of ringgit, so your assumption that this large payment amount was for a CSR programme?

Aishah: I do not remember if Datuk Dr (Shamsul) informed (me about the purpose of the transfer) or not.

Farhan: So it was just (your) assumption that it was for CSR programme?

Aishah: Correct.

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