Syed Saddiq instructed RM1 million to be distributed the day after house was searched, says witness


Muda president Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman is on trial for criminal breach of trust and money laundering. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, July 20, 2022.

THE High Court was told today that Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman had instructed that the RM1 million withdrawn from Angkatan Bersatu Anak Muda’s (Armada) account be distributed among party wing exco members, a day after the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigated and searched his residence in Petaling Jaya in March 2020. 

MACC investigating officer Mohd Syahmeizy Sulong, 37, said the money withdrawn on March 6, 2020 was in the control of Rafiq Hakim Razali, the assistant treasurer of Armada, the youth wing of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, and no transactions were made during the period before it was distributed on April 1, 2020.

“The money was kept at Rafiq Hakim’s house before it was distributed to Federal Territory Bersatu Youth Information Chief Muhammad Daniel Kusari and then party member Muhammad Naqib Ab Rahim,” he said during examination-in-chief by deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Asyraf Mohamed Tahir at the trial of the Muar MP, who faces four charges related to criminal breach of trust (CBT) and money laundering.

Asked why the RM1 million was all of a sudden distributed to Muhammad Daniel and Muhammad Naqib, the witness replied that the money was distributed after the MACC started investigating and searching Syed Saddiq’s house on March 31, 2020.




Mohd Syahmeizy, who investigated the case involving the misappropriation of Armada funds, said based on witness statements, the money was withdrawn by two Armada trustees, Rafiq Hakim and Armada assistant secretary Ahmad Redzuan Mohamed Shafi, on Syed Saddiq’s instructions.

According to the MACC senior superintendent, the cheques were signed by Rafiq Hakim and Ahmad Redzuan because Syed Saddiq had no time to visit the bank, besides the fact that his signature changed frequently.

The 25th prosecution witness said investigations also revealed that on March 31, 2020, the accused had contacted Rafiq Hakim and instructed him to ‘clear’ the money kept in his (Rafiq Hakim) house as he (Syed Saddiq) was worried that the cash would be seized by the MACC. 

To another question, Mohd Syahmeizy said the MACC had searched Syed Saddiq’s house on the same day (March 31) following investigations done by another investigating officer Muhamad Khairi Muhamad Rodi, who had been investigating the case of the missing RM250,000 at the politician’s house. 

According to Mohd Syahmeizy, of the RM1 million, some RM650,000 had been distributed to Muhammad Daniel while RM250,000 was to Muhammad Naqib.

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