KUALA LUMPUR: A former secretary to Ahmad Zahid Hamidi informed the Excessive Courtroom listening to his corruption trial that the deputy prime minister by no means allowed her to make use of a stamp bearing a duplicate of his signature on cheques.
Rosiah Osman, who labored for Zahid from 1994 to 2011, stated the reproduction signature was solely meant for use on festive greeting playing cards and certificates of appreciation.
She stated the stamp was made to alleviate Zahid of the burden of getting to signal playing cards and certificates.
“Signing them one after the other would have been very tiring,” stated Rosiah. She stated Zahid used to subject greater than 4,000 greeting playing cards and about 500 certificates.
She informed the court docket that when she left in 2011, she handed over the stamp, together with different objects reminiscent of Zahid’s cheque books and work diaries to Main Mazlina Mazlan @ Ramly.
Requested by Zahid’s lawyer Hamidi Noh whether or not the witness informed her successor that the stamp was not for use on cheques, Rosiah answered within the affirmative.
Rosiah stated she informed Mazlina that Zahid’s private cheques had been for use for fee of his private bank card expenditure, whereas Yayasan Akalbudi’s cheques might be used to reimburse Zahid if he used his playing cards to purchase objects, reminiscent of electrical home equipment and furnishings, for mosques.
Rosiah additionally stated that after she left, Mazlina by no means contacted her to ask about work-related issues.
Testifying in 2020, Mazlina informed the court docket that Zahid had allowed his officers to make use of the stamp bearing his signature to make bank card funds utilizing Yayasan Akalbudi cheques.
The defence contends that Mazlina is the rationale why Zahid is going through felony breach of belief (CBT) fees over the alleged misuse of Yayasan Akalbudi funds.
Zahid is standing trial on fees of cash laundering and CBT involving hundreds of thousands from Yayasan Akalbudi, and accepting bribes for varied initiatives throughout his tenure as dwelling minister.
Twelve of the fees are for CBT, eight for corruption and the rest for cash laundering.
The listening to continues earlier than Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah on Wednesday.