At least 30 lawyers representing the nine parties involved in the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) trial turned up in court on Monday morning.
More documents were brought by the lawyers, to add to the over 900 volumes that were already moved to the courtroom over the weekend.
The trial is expected to last for at least seven weeks, after which the criminal cases will begin. This trial will no doubt continue to attract public attention, as more details of the case are revealed.
The National Kidney Foundation civil trial highlighted how former CEO TT Durai paid staff salaries and bonuses based on his own decision and how he travelled overseas luxuriously.
NKF's lawyer K Shanmugam said TT Durai did not consult the executive committee on these matters, so favoured employees received high and unauthorised payouts because there was no proper remuneration policy.
For example, former board member Matilda Chua, was given a six months bonus of about $75,000, on top of the six months she was already getting, even though Durai knew she was about to resign.
Durai also removed any employees who disagreed with his decisions to implement certain policies.
Another example that Durai had absolute control of the charity, with no oversight - he made extensive travels and exorbitant expenses, all approved by himself. Durai travelled first class and stayed in luxurious hotels, even through he was then the CEO of a charity organisation.
Over a seven and a half year period, Durai charged more than $1m for hotel stays for himself and possibly for other NKF staff like Matilda Chua. What Durai did on those trips and how it benefitted NKF, no one knows.
What caused the most gasps was how Mr Durai had 'sat through the night' destroying computer files and documents after NKF withdrew its defamation suit on July 13, 2005. A few days later, the tax authorities moved into the NKF building in Kim Keat to sequester all its files.
The old NKF allegedly lost sight of its charitable objective by concentrating on fund-raising activities, instead of patients' welfare. From 2001 to 2003, funds raised grew from about $59m to some $68m, but during the same period, the net amount spent on patients' dialysis and transplantation fell by nearly half from $12m to around $7m. - CNA
Durai said to have given out contracts to companies he had interests in
I just cannot believe that TT Durai is so bold. And he's good I tell you! So good that Ministers and even their wives believe in him!!! PM's wife wrote this letter. And Durai's own daughter, where is she going to hide her face?
There are some people who, just because of a few photos with MPs, Ministers, SM or even PM can become so arrogant. (I also have, even autographed but I dare not anyhow show them.)
These are the people (狐假虎威) who think they can 'cover the sky with one hand' (只手遮天)! I have met many, I have complained and they do get away with it. But I will complain again. I don't believe you can hide your evil deeds for long. As long as I am alive, I will tell. Oh, even if I'm dead, I can still tell because I am almost finished with my book..... hahaha........
You reap what you sow.