Thursday, August 27, 2009

MACC man claims Teoh had an argument with Kajang councillor

SHAH ALAM: Political aide Teoh Beng Hock was heard having an argument with fellow DAP member Tan Boon Hwa on the day he died.

Selangor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Com­mission (MACC) investigating officer Mohd Anuar Ismail told the inquest into Teoh’s death that his colleague Bulkini Paharudin informed him of this.

“After Teoh Beng Hock’s death, I was informed by Bulkini that there had been an argument between Tan and Teoh at 2am in the MACC toilet,” testified Mohd Anuar when cross-examined by MACC’s counsel Datuk Abd Razak Musa.

Teoh, who was the political secretary to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, was summoned to the MACC office on the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam here on July 15 to be questioned over alleged irregularities in the disbursement of state funds.

He was found dead at the building’s fifth floor service corridor the following day.

Tan, a councillor with the Kajang Municipal Council, had also been summoned by the MACC for questioning on the same day.

Bulkini is also among the witnesses scheduled to be called to testify at the inquest.

Earlier in the day, the inquest was told that the documents found on Teoh’s laptop belonged to four companies that were allegedly used to siphon state funds via claims for non-existent construction projects.

Cross-examined by Abd Razak, Mohd Anuar said the documents bearing the letterhead of four companies were “leased” out to individuals to be used to claim funds from the state.

He added that the construction projects were non-existent and when payments were made, individuals using the letterheads and companies received kickbacks.

The four companies were Fizami Construction Sdn Bhd, Aris Enterprise Sdn Bhd, MKMN Enterprise Sdn Bhd and MA Bina Melor Sdn Bhd.

When asked by Abd Razak about the total number of projects and their value, Mohd Anuar said: “Fizami Construction had 21 projects worth RM147,812, Aris Enterprise had obtained 14 projects worth RM88,275.30, MKMN Enterprise obtained six projects valued at RM50,765 and MA Bina Melor had seven projects valued at RM69,010.”

He also testified that Ean Yong would approve the payments and projects whilst Teoh prepared the necessary documentation for collection of payment as well as confirming that work has been completed.

Meanwhile, counsel Samil Bashir, who is holding a watching brief for Ean Yong showed Mohd Anuar pictures and documents pertaining to the projects granted to the four companies.

“Do you agree that these pictures show that work is being done and these are valid projects?” asked, to which Salim Mohd Anuar said: “I agree.”

Earlier when being cross-examined by Abd Razak, Mohd Anuar said he did not agree that Teoh had died while in the MACC’s custody as he had been released from questioning when he died.

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