Ex-minister Anifah denies corruption links in Zahid corruption case

Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said he was ready to help any investigation to clear his name. – Reuters file photo

By Ashman Adam

Monday, June 20, 2022 09:13 MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, June 20 – Former Federal Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman has denied receiving funds from a company involved in the corruption trial of Umno Datuk Seri chairman Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Cinta Sabah Party (PCS) chairman said in a Facebook post last night that he was shocked to learn that his name was on the records of Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd (UKSB) as one of the recipients of contributions financial, as evidenced by David Tan, the former administrative director of the company.

“I am shocked by this information.

“As Foreign Secretary at the time, I met a lot of people. As far as I remember, I neither met David Tan nor received any money from him or the UKSB. I don’t don’t know who they are and I haven’t had any contact with them in any way,” he said.

The former Umno man also said he was ready to help any investigation to clear his name.

Anifah’s name emerged when the defense questioned Tan – the 17th prosecution witness in Zahid’s ongoing corruption case – last Friday about entries made in a filing titled “HL PE” regarding cash payments made by the UKSB to various politicians and government officials, including the accused.

Tan said that the initials “FM” in the register were used for Anifah.

Other politicians named in the lawsuit said to have received cash payments from the UKSB are Khairy Jamaluddin (RM3.7m), Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (RM1.3m), Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican ( between 200,000 and 300,000 RM). ), and datuk seri shafie apdal (amount not mentioned).

Khairy and Reezal Merican are from Umno while Muhyiddin is the chairman of Bersatu and Shafie is his counterpart from the Warisan Party.

Muhyiddin also denied taking bribes from the UKSB. He was Home Secretary at the time and UKSB projects fell under his purview.

Zahid is charged with 33 counts of receiving bribes amounting to 13.56 million Singapore dollars (RM42 million) from the UKSB to induce himself into his as a civil servant and then Minister of the Interior to extend the company’s contract for a visa system between October 2014 and March 2018.

Harry D. Gonzalez