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Name used to book luxury cars: Witness

Published on: Wednesday April 27, 2022

By: Jo Ann Mool

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Kota Kinabalu: A prosecution witness told the bribery court on Tuesday that he agreed to use his name to book two luxury vehicles on behalf of former state water department director Ag Mohd Tahir Ag Mohd Talib , as he would receive an “introductory commission” from vehicle salespeople. – Chief Deputy Attorney General (DPP) Haresh Prakash Somiah, Muhammad Hussieny Yusof (pictured), 43, said in his witness statement that Ag Mohd Tahir offered him a job as a driver around February 2013 with a salary of RM4,000 a month. Hussieny said that Ag Mohd Tahir was very interested in new cars and told him about a nice car at Max Speed ​​Auto Inanam (Mazda showroom) which Ag Tahir then asked him to go and throw an eye.

He said that Ag Mohd Tahir was interested in buying the Mazda 6 and told him to reserve the car using his name while he (Ag Mohd Tahir) paid the reservation fee. Around June 2016, Ag Mohd Tahir took him to Mercedes Hap Seng showroom to see new car models and got interested in Mercedes Coupe 300 model and also told him to reserve the car using his name. Hussieny said the Mazda 6 was registered as Syuhada Enterprise which was owned by Ampuan Hashim Mahmud while the Mercedes as Ami Enterprise which was owned by Ag Mohd Isham Ag Mahmud and confirmed that both were used by Ag Mohd Tahir. Hussieny also said he borrowed RM30,000 from Ag Mohd Tahir as he wanted to buy a Proton Preve. He said Ag Mohd Tahir handed him the money in a bag a week later. Ag Mohd Tahir, 58, his wife Fauziah Piut, 55, and former deputy department director Lim Lam Beng, 66, who had pleaded not guilty to 37 counts of money laundering, involving 61, 57 million RM, are judged. . When referred to detailed vehicle information and an insurance document of a Ford Ranger 3.2 WT 4WD with plate number SB 66 C, Hussieny certified that it belonged to NBD Enterprise and that it was parked at Ag Mohd Tahir in Sembulan and generally used during weekends only. Meanwhile, when cross-examined by Ag Mohd Tahir’s lawyer, Marcel Jude, the witness told Judge Abu Bakar Manat that he had received between RM500 and RM1,000 in commission for a car . Hussieny currently runs a cigarette products business and a small project contract said he never spoke to Ag Mohd Tahir about the introductory commission because the latter didn’t care about the money either.

There was no letter of appointment to work as a driver for Ag Mohd Tahir. On re-examination, he explained that Ag Mohd Tahir had verbally offered him a job as a part-time driver, saying “You are taking me with this car”. At a suggestion by Marcel, that he was only a friend of Ag Mohd Tahir and that he drove for him from time to time, the witness said that he was a friend of Ag Mohd Tahir and a part-time driver. The witness also testified that Ag Mohd Tahir paid his salary in cash every month between RM3,000 and 4,000 and agreed with the lawyer that he was not the latter’s official driver as he had his official driver at the Department of Water. Meanwhile, the 17th prosecution witness, Juliana Mohd Salleh, a shopkeeper, certified that the Ford Ranger 3.2 WT 4WD with a plate number SB 66 C was registered under her company NBD Enterprise but had not been purchased by she. The witness said that Muhammad Hussieny Yusof purchased the vehicle and that it borrowed the name of his company because he was not eligible to make the purchase. The witness added that she consented to the use of her business name as she trusted Hussieny who was also her friend and that the purchase was made in cash but she did not know who had made the payment as she only gave her ID and business license. Juliana also testified that she never used the vehicle because it was given to Hussieny and that she did not know to whom he had given the vehicle.

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The trader said earlier that in early 2012 she was working with Kontraktor Mekar Satu (KMSE) owned by Ag Mohd Fauzi, who was the younger brother of Ag Mohd Tahir. Juliana said that she set up her company NBD Enterprise in 2011 and her company was among eight companies that lent their contractor licenses to KMSE Group to secure a tender from the Sabah Water Department and other departments with a small commission based on the value of the project. She added that in 2015, her company was awarded seven or eight projects in a Sabah-wide Water Department tender, such as new projects, supply of goods and maintenance. Marcel also represented Fauziah while lawyers Datuk Tan Hock Chuan, Baldev Singh and Karpaljit Singh appeared for Lim. The trial continues.
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