Witness says Syed Saddiq ordered withdrawal of RM1 million from Armada\u2019s account
The Kuala Lumpur High Court is told that Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman had ordered the withdrawal of RM1 million from Bersatu’s Armada account over fears of a change in the party leadership. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, July 4, 2022.新2手机管理端（www.hg108.vip）实时更新发布最新最快的新2代理线路、新2会员线路、新2备用登录网址、新2手机管理端、新2手机版登录网址、新2皇冠登录网址。
THE Kuala Lumpur High Court was told today Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman had ordered the withdrawal of RM1 million from Bersatu’s Armada account over fears of a change in the party leadership.
Former Armada assistant secretary Ahmad Redzuan Mohamed Shafi, 32, said Syed Saddiq told him he had the right to use the money in the CIMB account, which he had sourced through donations.
According to the special officer to Education Minister Dr Mohd Radzi Jidin, a meeting was held at Syed Saddiq’s house in Petaling Jaya, Selangor in early March 2020.
“The meeting was attended by (Armada assistant treasurer) Rafiq Hakim Razali. We discussed the change in government and Armada’s position in the government because Syed Saddiq was in the opposition bloc along with Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“Syed Saddiq ordered Rafiq and I to withdraw money amounting to RM1 million from Armada’s account,” he said when reading his witness statement at the trial of Syed Saddiq, who faces four charges related to criminal breach of trust and money-laundering.
The 11th prosecution witness said Syed Saddiq mentioned the money had to be withdrawn from the account to strengthen his position as the Armada chief in the event of any internal party crisis.,
Redzuan said only he and Rafiq were called by Syed Saddiq to attend the meeting because they were the trustee signatories of CIMB Bank Armada Pusat cheques and only the three of them knew about the matter.
“Rafiq and I withdrew RM1 million from Armada’s official account on March 6, 2020 on Syed Saddiq’s instructions.
“(However), Syed Saddiq did not tell Rafiq and I whether the withdrawal was authorised by the Bersatu supreme council,” said Redzuan, who informed that Syed Saddiq had also told him the money was meant for party use.
The witness also said he had suggested to Rafiq to keep the money at Daniel’s house because the latter had a safe.
Redzuan said Rafiq agreed to his suggestion and after the money was withdrawn from the account, Rafiq brought the money to his house before handing it to Daniel.
The witness added that he only knew that Syed Saddiq’s order was an offence after being summoned by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission on June 3, 2020 for violating clause 24 of the Bersatu Constitution.
Redzuan said according to clause 24, the treasurer-general is only allowed to keep retail cash not exceeding RM50,000 at a time and the money must be kept in a safe place in a registered office for the party’s retail expenses.