Khairy Never Instructed Otman To Make Payments For Kbs Programmes – Witness

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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22 (Bernama) — A witness told the Sessions Court Wednesday that Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar had never instructed nor issued memos to former Youth and Sports Ministry (KBS) finance division secretary, Otman Arsahd, to make payments to several companies organising sports programme on behalf of the ministry. Khairy Jamaludin’s senior private secretary (SUSK), Wan Murtadza Wan Mahmud said every letter adrressed to Khairy would be read by him (Wan Murtadza) for screening before it was taken to the attention of the minister. “Throughout my tenure as the SUSK to the minister, Otman had never informed me, either verbally or via a written memo, on programmes allegedly contained in the payment-through-ministry’s-account-at-the-National Sports Council letter,” he said. Wan Mustadza, 44, said this during the examination-in-chief by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy public prosecutor Amer Abu Bakar Abdullah in the trial of Otman, 59, who was charged with 32 counts of power abuse and with submitting false claims involving RM38.4 million, six years ago. The 46th witness also said that he had never convened a meeting with Otman to ask for allocation from the National Sports Trust Fund (KWASN) to carry out programmes involving the minister’s office. – BERNAMA

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