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‘Najib gave  Jho Low the mandate  to bail out 1MDB, SRC’ 
Published on: Friday, September 06, 2019
By: Bernama

Kuala Lumpur: THE High Court here was told that former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had knowledge of and had given the mandate to businessman Low Taek Jho or Jho Low to plan and handle efforts to save the debt-ridden 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and its subsidiary SRC International Sdn Bhd.

Najib’s former special officer Datuk Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin, 43, said pursuant to that, Najib agreed to have a person by the name of “Heng” to be appointed as the secretariat to the three projects, namely the Multi-Product Pipeline (MPP), Trans-Sabah Gas Pipeline (TSGP) and East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), proposed for the bailout, as stated in a note sent to him (Najib) by Jho Low.

He said the person Heng he was referring to was an associate of Jho Low, known as Geh Chong Heng, or Terence Geh, who was a former director of 1MDB.

“However, Terence, who is wanted by the authorities, had fled overseas before the 14th General Election.

“Based on a note provided by Jho Low, Terence is said to have been seconded from a subsidiary of the Ministry of Finance, Suria Strategic Energy Resources Sdn Bhd (SSER), to serve as the secretariat for the three projects,” said the witness.

“I also confirmed a document given by Terence, dated Sept 22, 2016, containing talking points for a meeting with five representatives from China, comprising the chairman and representatives of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC), vice-chairman of Import -Export Bank of China (China EXIM) and representative from the Chinese Embassy in Malaysia.

“I in my capacity as the Special Officer to the Prime Minister and the director of the Economics Division of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) was the moderator at the meeting, while Terence helped me as he was more knowledgeable on the proposed Malaysia-China joint-venture projects,” he said, adding that the meeting was held in September 2016.

He said on Nov 1 and 2 the same year, Najib went on an official visit to China with goals to pursue the Malaysia-China joint-venture projects.

Earlier, when referring to a document entitled “Update On China-Malaysia Economic Program: 18 July 2016”,  Amhari Efendi said he received the document either from Jho Low via email or personally from Terrence Geh.

“This document stated the outcome of the discussions on the ECRL, TSGP, MPP projects and the issues on 1MDB. I do not know who was present at the discussion. I myself was not there.

“Based on this document, among the matters discussed are the sale of 1MDB assets such as shares in My City Ventures Sdn Bhd, 1MDB Energy Holdings Limited and Brazen Sky Limited. 

Also stated in the document is the method of payment to be made by the China government-linked companies to 1MDB,” he added.

Amhari Efendi, who is a key prosecution witness, also told the court that Jho Low did ask him to dispose of the document to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands, but he did not.

On another document, with the heading ‘Important  Action  Items’, he said he received it either from Jho Low via email or personally from Terrence and that the document was talking points for Najib for the presentation on ECRL and TSGP to the Economic Council (EC).

“The EC meeting was held every week to discuss economic-related proposals. In this document it stated individuals who are EC members that may support or question the ECRL, TSGP and MPP projects.

“I gave a copy of the document to Datuk Seri Najib and also told Heng that if there is any action to be taken, he needs to do it himself,” he added.

Najib is facing four charges of using his position to obtain gratification totalling RM2.3 billion in 1MDB funds and 21 counts of money laundering involving the same money.

The Pekan member of Parliament is alleged to have committed the gratification offences at Jalan Raja Chulan branch of the AmIslamic Bank Berhad, at No. 55, Jalan Raja Chulan, Bukit Ceylon here between Feb 24, 2011 and Dec 19, 2014, while for the money laundering cases between March 22, 2013 and Aug 30, 2013, at the same place.



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