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Istana Negara questioned Jho Low’s role in 1MDB predecessor TIA, court told at Najib’s trial

September 11, 2019

Former prime minister Najib Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur High Court Complex, September 10, 2019. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 10 ― The palace had expressed concerns over the roleplayed by  businessman Low Taek Jho in the Terengganu Invesment Authority (TIA) which later became 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), the High Court heard today in Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s corruption trial.

Najib’s lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah read out excerpts from the minutes of the second TIA meeting that was held on June 30, 2009 in the Parliament building, including Istana Negara’s views.

“Wakil Istana Negara mempersoalkan siapa dan peranan Encik Jho Low. Pihak Istana Negara khuatir ada pihak yang telah menyalahgunakan nama SPB Yang di-Pertuan Agong,” Shafee read aloud the meeting minutes written in Bahasa Malaysia.

(Translation: Istana Negara representative questioned who and what role Jho Low has. Istana Negara is worried that there are quarters that have misused the name of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.)

At that time, Terengganu ruler Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin was the country’s Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Shafee noted that Najib’s former special officer Datuk Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin was recorded as present in the meeting where Low’s role was raised.

Amhari, who is the eighth prosecution witness in Najib’s trial, told Shafee that he did not remember this point being discussed during the 2009 meeting.

Today is the sixth day of Najib’s trial over 1MDB.

Trial will resume before High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah this afternoon.

Najib is facing four counts of abusing his position for his own financial benefit totalling almost RM2.3 billion allegedly originating from 1MDB and the resulting 21 counts of money-laundering.

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One Comment
  1. Tun Dr M- ROSMAH-Najib Thermo Nuke on Sultan -Agong and all their Children on the take is the DEMAND OF FREEDOM OF INFORMATION OF ALL FINANCIAL transactions From Malaysia to ALL SULTAN -AGONG Overseas Linked bank Accounts and SINGAPORE Can be the First to Provide if THEY Want to stay Relevant as a Asia Financial Centre…. Why else would PM LEE Visit Tun Right After Election….. HOW Ah…to deal with this $$$ Corruption…affecting my Island state Financial Status?? Please make Sure MACC or judges don’t Call us up for Investigation…..Rosmah -Najib Last Roll of dice is to Take Everyone DOWN…..IF PARDON BY AGONG AND SULTAN NOT GIVEN TO HIS 15 Years Jail Sentence! Immediately…like Anwar! Malaysia Economy and Ringgit is Doomed anyway…Brace yourself for IMPACT with China Lowering Interest rates!!

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