THE sentence of 12 months’ jail and a fine of RM2 mil meted out as punishment by the High Court on former Federal Territory Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Adnan Tengku Mansor yesterday is likened as “the tip of the iceberg” by the the Center to Combat Corruption & Cronyism (C4 Center).
The Putrajaya MP was charged in his capacity as a public servant with having received a total of RM2 mil from Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd director Tan Sri Chai Kin Kong four years ago under Section 165 of the Penal Code.
While commending the judiciary for the guilty verdict, the C4 Center highlighted that Tengku Adnan or “Ku Nan” as he was popularly known was also embroiled in a corruption case of RM1 mil which saw him earning a discharge not amounting to acquittal (DNAA) in addition to slew of other cases under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) watch.
“That the case went to a DNAA leaves questions unanswered; it should be reopened to fully bring to light any misconduct from the former minister, while setting a further precedent that any acts of corruption from those in office will no longer be tolerated or allowed to be swept under the rug,” the C4 Centre pointed out in a statement.
According to the C4 Centre, Ku Nan’s role in several other controversial mega projects, including Tan Sri Desmond Lim Siew Choon’s proposed Pavilion Taman Tun at Taman Rimba Kiara and the distinctly expensive Bangsar-Damansara elevated highway project should also be investigated further.
“Despite his denials of any improper dealings and engagements with companies related to property tycoon Desmond, it is a series of amazing coincidences that have happened,” noted the C4 Center.
It also questioned Ku Nan’s Tadmansori Holdings Sdn Bhd securing a 20% effective ownership of Sering Manis, the project company of the Pavilion Genting Highlands project which in turn is linked to Lim himself.
“It also seems a major coincidence that Ku Nan’s brother, Tengku Rethwan, was also appointed a director of Sering Manis,” argued the C4 Center.
To conclude, the C4 Center urged the MACC to further investigate Ku Nan’s RM1 mil DNAA graft case as well as the continued investigation into the Taman Rimba Kiara and the Bangsar-Damansara elevated highway project cases.
“By proving beyond reasonable doubt his involvement in the RM2 mil corruption case, perhaps the other cases that Ku Nan is involved in should be fully investigated and tried in court to bring the truth to light, especially in the pursuit of cleaning up corruption in Malaysia,” added the C4 Center. – Dec 22, 2020