Former KL CID chief got over $272,400 in commissions: Corruption officer

Former KL CID chief got over $272,400 in commissions: Corruption officer
Former Kuala Lumpur CID chief Datuk Ku Chin Wah.
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KUALA LUMPUR: An investigating officer told a Sessions Court here that former Kuala Lumpur CID chief Datuk Ku Chin Wah received over RM800,000 (S$272,393) in commissions for being a broker for the sales of property here and in Johor Baru.

Mohamad Firdaus Ahmad Sabry, who is from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), said Ku stated this in three recorded statements on Dec 23, 2013, June 23, 2015, and Jan 21 this year.

Mohamad Firdaus, 30, said Ku had declared a RM30,000 commission from the sale of two units of condominiums in Tanjung Puteri, Johor Baru, in the police assets declaration form.

Ku, he testified, had given detailed information on the RM800,000 commission but did not declare this in the form because he had used the sum to purchase shares, which he later declared.

To a question by Ku's counsel Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent during cross-examination that his client had received a RM55,000 in commission for the sale of a shophouse worth RM5.5mil here, Mohamad Firdaus replied: "Yes".

Asked if he agreed that Ku had received a 1 per cent commission from the value of the property, he said: "I agree".

He also agreed with Geethan's suggestion that based on his investigation, there was no evidence to connect his client to any corruption.

Mohamad Firdaus, the fifth prosecution witness, was testifying in the trial of Ku who was charged under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act for allegedly failing to comply with the terms of a prosecutor's notice under Section 49(1) of the Act dated Dec 23, 2013.

Ku purportedly failed to declare all his sources of income in a sworn statement dated Jan 8, 2014, and was charged under Section 49(3) of the Act.

The offence was said to have been committed at the MACC office in Putrajaya from Dec 23, 2013 to Jan 21, 2014.

Earlier, asked by Deputy Public Prosecutor Budiman Lutfi Mohamed on what had prompted the MACC to carry out investigations on Ku, Mohamad Firdaus said this was after Bank Negara issued a report that he had paid more than RM50,000 in cash for an insurance policy.

The trial before Sessions Court judge Sohaini Alias continues on May 30.

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