KUALA LUMPUR, April 8 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu denied
Friday that he had instructed the then Maju Institute of Educational
Development CEO P. Chithirakala to withdraw RM4 million from MIED's
accounts and prepare three cheques to purchase shares for his son, S.
"Its a lie, I never gave such instruction," Samy Vellu said under
cross-examination by P. Chithirakala's counsel J. Chandra, at the
Sessions Court here.
He also disagreed with Chandra's suggestion that the money actually
belonged to him but was kept under the name of Tan Sri Rashid Manaf, an
Aimst Sdn Bhd share holder.
When questioned further, Samy Vellu said he was not aware of a letter
from Rashid requesting the issuance of a RM1 million cheque and another,
also for RM1 million, on May 3, 2007 allegedly to acquire 20 per cent
shares in two companies, Wirna Jernih Sdn Bhd and Silver Line Sdn Bhd,
for Vell Paari.
He stressed that he recalled signing a supporting letter for Silver
Line in bidding for a national camp project but had no knowledge on the
purchases of the said shares as contended by the defence.
Samy Vellu pointed out that MIED and MIED Capital were two different
entities and that he had nothing to do with MIED Capital, saying its
signatories were Tan Sri M. Mahalingam and Datuk M. Kumaran.
He also explained that MIED did not have the fund when MIC mooted the
idea of a medical college and that he approached Rashid and succeeded in
securing a loan of RM5 million.
On May 11 last year, Chithirakala, 40, claimed trial to cheating
former MIC treasurer-general M. Mahalingam, 74, a director and signatory
of MIED Sdn Bhd by inducing him to sign three cheques -- two for RM1
million each, and another, for RM2 million in 2007.
Questioned further by Chandra why the Registrar of Companies' (ROC)
record revealed that Rashid owned a substantial amount of shares of MIED
Capital, Samy Vellu said its was a government policy to allocate 30 per
cent Bumiputera ownership and that since the MIC did not have the money
at that time, it decided to allocate 40 per cent of the shares to him.
He also told the court that the decision was not his alone but the
board'svdecision and was minuted during one of MIED board meetings.
Asked whether he could produce the minutes, Samy Vellu said he needed
to check because some of the do*****ents were with the police and the
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
On the issue of whether he was a share holder of Nimat Sdn Bhd which
bought a piece of land next to MIC building, Samy Vellu said: "I was not
the shareholder, I just represented MIC in the beginning where Maika
Holdings also had shares in that company."
When asked whether Rashid also had an interest in the company, he said he was not aware about it.
The hearing before judge Che Mohamad Zulkifly Jusoh continues on May 26.
Chandra is assisted by counsel Afifuddin Hafifi, while the prosecution
is represented by deputy public prosecutors Kevin Morais and Wong Pooi