Friday, April 22, 2011


DAP financed and profited from Government project. Teoh Beng Hock was restless hours before his death as he was guilty of using government projects to fund the DAP, a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) lawyer told the royal commission of inquiry (RCI) investigating the death of the DAP aide today.

MACC lawyer Datuk Seri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah also challenged businessman Lee Wye Wing to produce receipts to prove his claim that a DAP branch had paid advances for various government projects in the Seri Kembangan constituency in 2008.

“It’d be a direct reason why Teoh Beng Hock was restless that night,” said Shafee at the RCI today.

“Not only was he guilty, his boss (was) guilty, his entire party (was guilty) …(It’s) back pay to raise funds for the political party,” he added.

Teoh was found dead on July 16, 2009, on the fifth-floor corridor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam after he was questioned overnight by MACC officers at their then-Selangor headquarters on the 14th floor.

Teoh, 30, was the political secretary to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, who is also the Seri Kembangan assemblyman from the DAP, at the time of his death.

The graftbusters were investigating a claim that his boss was abusing state funds.

Selangor DAP chairman Teresa Kok, who is also a state executive councillor, denied last month that a party branch had received a cut from payments for government projects in 2008.

Lee said today it would take him some time to find the receipts.

Shafee then made an application for the commission to compel the 52-year-old businessman to produce the receipts.

“We’ll consider Datuk Seri’s application. If you wish to prove otherwise, you can voluntarily do so,” RCI chairman Tan Sri James Foong told Lee.

Shafee said that three payment vouchers, which the MACC had found in Lee’s home, revealed allocations for Serdang Aman DAP, ranging from 30 to almost 90 per cent.

Some of the payments had been issued to WSK Services, which Lee said was owned by his wife.

Lee said it was more convenient for Serdang Aman DAP to issue advance payments instead of the contractor coming up with the money.

“Certain claims which are easier for DAP Serdang to pay, (they) pay through their office. It’s just for convenience,” said Lee.

“You received RM4,200. RM420, forming 10 per cent, was taken out for you?” Shafee asked, referring to a payment voucher issued to WSK Services dated October 2008 for a lantern festival.

“Yes,” replied Lee.

“(Out of the) balance of RM3,780, RM3,754.76 was paid to DAP Serdang Aman. Are you saying the same thing that this amount was advanced by DAP Serdang?” the lawyer asked.

“Yes,” said Lee.

“You’ll have receipts to prove that?” asked Shafee.

“Yes,” Lee replied.

Shafee also highlighted a RM10,000 payment voucher for a children’s programme dated August 2008, where Serdang Aman DAP received RM3,000 and Lee himself had received RM500.

Lee said the DAP branch had paid that amount in advance.

Shafee also mentioned that there was a RM1,665 payment voucher to WSK Services dated October 2008, where RM379.15 was allocated to Serdang Aman DAP.

Lee said the DAP branch had paid the money in advance to organise an event in support of Kok during her 2008 Internal Security Act (ISA) detention.

Selangor MACC investigation unit head Hairul Ilham Hamzah testified last month that Teoh had received an allocation of RM112 in the RM1,665 payment voucher.

Shafee said today that the national DAP had also received an allocation of RM600 out of a RM1,800 payment under the Kampung Tunku constituency.

Lau Weng San is the area’s assemblyman.

“We ordered books from DAP Malaysia to distribute to certain people,” Lee explained.

Shafee pointed out that MACC officers had failed to locate the receipts supporting the payment vouchers in his home.

“They didn’t specifically mention RM379.15. They never refer(red) to any amount,” said Lee.

Lee admitted that borrowing the names of Bumiputera companies to make claims for government projects and to have other companies do the job instead were against Treasury regulations.

“The Bumi company that actually does the claims is not the company that does the contract or supply. Why choose Bumi companies?” asked Shafee.

“We must have Class F contractors. Class F is all Bumis,” said Lee.

“He (Teoh) knew I was doing the job by using these Class F contractors,” he added, referring to two invoices and two quotations from various companies which were found in Teoh’s laptop.

Lee also said he saw MACC investigating officer Mohd Anuar Ismail talking to Selangor MACC investigation unit head Hairul Ilham Hamzah in the latter’s room in the MACC office at about 7.30am or 8am on July 16, 2009.

But Anuar testified last month that he slept from 3.30am till 8.30am in the MACC office that day.

Hairul has also testified that he left the MACC office at about 3am that day, and returned five hours later at about 8.30am.

thanks to malaysian insider

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