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Dr Mahathir Allegedly Received RM2.6 Million In Donations When He Was PM Under The PH Govt

Datuk Seri Najib Razak allegedly received RM2.6 billion, while Tun Dr Mahathir allegedly received RM2.6 million.

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Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been accused of receiving RM2.6 million in political donations when he was the then Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman

According to New Straits Times, the claim was made by former Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd (UKSB) administrative manager David Tan Siong Sun during cross-examination in a corruption trial involving Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Tan was testifying as the 17th prosecution witness in Zahid's trial, where the UMNO president is facing 33 charges of receiving bribes totalling SGD13.56 million (about RM43.5 million) from UKSB.

The former administrative manager said Mahathir received the money through his nephew Tan Sri Rahmat Abu Bakar and the transaction was recorded in Tan's infamous ledger book, dubbed 'Buku 555'.

However, Tan told the Kuala Lumpur High Court that he did not personally see the money being handed to Rahmat, who is codenamed 'Kadahan' in the ledger.

Mahathir is currently the Langkawi member of parliament (MP).

The former UKSB employee said the RM2.6 million was given to Mahathir after the 14th General Election

On 17 June, it was revealed that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin allegedly received RM1.3 million in political donations from the same contractor four years ago.

Other than former prime ministers, here are other ministers and political leaders who Tan claimed that UKSB had given political donations to as well:

– Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin
– Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein
– Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican
– Parti Warisan president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal
– Former foreign minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman

It is alleged that Khairy received RM3.7 million, while Reezal received between RM200,000 and RM300,000.

Zahid is currently on trial in a corruption case for accepting SGD13.46 million in bribes in exchange for extending UKSB's contract to manage the One Stop Centre (OSC) in China and the Visa Luar Negara (VLN) system.

The alleged offence involved 33 charges in total. He is also facing seven other charges for receiving bribes from the same company when he was serving as the then home minister.

Separately, the UMNO top man is facing 47 charges of criminal breach of trust (CBT), corruption, and money laundering involving Yayasan Akalbudi funds.

Learn more about Zahid's trial here: