By Hafiz Yatim | The Edge Malaysia

Wan Saifuldin Wan Jan seen at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court on Wednesday, Oct 25, 2023. — THE EDGE/LOW YEN YEING

Former Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia information chief Wan Saifuldin Wan Jan (better known as Wan Saiful) on Wednesday claimed trial to 18 counts of money laundering amounting to RM5.594 million.

Wan Saiful, who is also Tasek Gelugor Member of Parliament, was charged before Sessions Court judge Suzana Hussin.

Last February, he was charged at another Sessions Court for graft in allegedly receiving RM6.96 million into WSA Advisory Sdn Bhd’s account, where he is director, and soliciting RM232 million over the Central Spine road project from the Federal Government.

The charges of money laundering on Wednesday are in relation to graft allegedly received, where he is said to have committed money laundering between Aug 12, to Nov 7, 2022 by using the funds from WSA Advisory Sdn Bhd.

Among recipients of the alleged illegal money include Wan Saiful himself, Tagami Auto Enterprise Sdn Bhd (for the purchase of a Ford Ranger), Sykt Jendela Timur Consultant, Duckling Management and Services, Fendi Dilif Resources, and NGO Pertubuhan Penggerak Muafakat Bagan, Seberang Perai Utara.

Others included PYI Global Trading, Jejak Global Enterprise, Fokus Malaysia Studios, National Sports Council and Chin Kang Hardware in Jitra, to a person by the name of Syed Jaafar Syed Abdul Aziz, as well as to Sinar Karangkraf Sdn Bhd, Akademi Gagasan Minda Merdeka, and Good Square Sdn Bhd.

The sum was paid via cheque from WSA Advisory to these entities. If found guilty, Wan Saiful stands to face a maximum 15 years in prison, or a fine of up to five times the money laundered or RM5 million, whichever is higher.

Wan Saiful claimed trial to all charges and was represented by Datuk K. Kumaraendran, Amer Hamzah Arshad, and Chethan Jethwani, while Deputy Public Prosecutor Farah Ezlin Yusop Khan led the prosecution.

Farah Ezlin informed Suzana that the prosecution intends to transfer Wan Saiful’s money laundering case to Sessions Court judge Rozina Ayob’s jurisdiction, where the predicate graft charges are being heard.

The prosecution informed Suzana that they are applying the same bail conditions given by Rozina to the money laundering charges.

Following this, Suzana allowed the transfer of the case to Rozina’s court and fixed Dec 1 for mention.

It was earlier reported that Rozina had in July dismissed Wan Saiful’s application to strike out the graft charges and hence fixed March 25 and 27, April 29 and 30, and May 20 to 22, 2024, as hearing dates.