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Zahid ordered process of issuing LoA To friend's company expedited, court told

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 13): The High Court was today told that former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had issued a directive through a minute for the process of issuing a Letter of Acceptance (LoA) to Datasonic Technologies Sdn Bhd (DTSB), which belonged to his friend, for the supply of passport chips to be expedited.

Former Home Ministry division secretary (procurement) Datuk Abd Aziz Md Nor, 62, said Ahmad Zahid issued the instruction to him in the minute dated Oct 13, 2015.

“On Oct 22, 2015, I received a letter from the Deputy Prime Minister's Office, dated Oct 20, 2015, extending the DTSB letter, where we were instructed by then Home Minister (Ahmad Zahid) to expedite the the process of issuing the LoA.

“I was certain the writing and initials were that of the then Home Minister (Ahmad Zahid) as I knew and had received instructions through minutes from the Minister," he said when reading out his witness statement during examination-in-chief by deputy public prosecutor Gan Peng Kun.

Abd Aziz, who is the 33rd witness, was testifying on the 15th day of Ahmad Zahid’s corruption trial involving millions of ringgit in Yayasan Akalbudi funds and passport chip supply contracts with several companies.

The LoA is an official letter which is a contract agreement between the Government and a company, whereby the terms set forth in the LoA cannot be changed it has been signed by both parties.

Abd Aziz said the Home Ministry’s Procurement Division had issued an LoA signed by then secretary-general Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim on Dec 15, 2015.

“The LoA concerned the supply of passport chips for five years, worth RM318,750,000, and  the contract commenced on  Dec 1, 2016 until  Nov 30, 2021," he added.

Ahmad Zahid, 67, is facing  47 charges, with  12 of them for criminal breach of trust, eight for corruption and 27 for money laundering involving tens of millions of ringgit of funds belonging to Yayasan Akalbudi.

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