Najib SRC trial: Ex-private secretary's family given RM52,680 for education, court told

  • Nation
  • Monday, 22 Apr 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Razak (pic) gave monetary aid amounting to RM52,680 in three cheques to help fund the education of his late former private secretary's children, the High Court heard.

Manisah Othman, 55, who is the wife to the late Amirudin Mohd Baria, testified that she received a cheque worth RM13,800 in 2015 for the education of her two sons.

She said the former premier had visited her husband one month before his death when Amirudin was admitted to Prince Court Medical Centre in June, 2013.

Amirudin was battling a Stage Four colon cancer.

"He (Najib) said he would help pay for the children's education. Alhamdullilah (praise to God), I did receive the help," she said during examination-in-chief by DPP Muhammad Saifuddin Hashim Musaimi here on Monday (April 22).

Amirudin was Najib's private secretary when the latter was the education minister.

He later moved to Boustead Holdings Bhd when Najib was the defence minister.

When Najib became the deputy prime minister, Manisah said Amirudin was appointed as Boustead's liaison officer attached to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

During cross-examination by counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, Manisah agreed that Najib also paid RM9,360 in 2013 and RM29,520 in 2014 through cheques.

She said her two sons, aged 23 and 27, are still studying.

"My youngest son has a kidney problem. He should have finished his studies but he had to defer due to his condition.

"We are planning to do a kidney transplant from the elder son to the younger son. Both are behind in their education because of this," she said.

Muhammad Shafee: Would you agree that Najib cared about your late husband when he learned that Amirudin had cancer?

Manisah: Yes, I agree.

Muhammad Shafee: Who paid for the expenses at Prince Court?

Manisah: Boustead Holdings.

Najib faces seven charges involving RM42mil belonging to SRC International Sdn Bhd.

On July 4 last year, Najib claimed trial to a charge of abuse of power and three counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT) linked to the 1MDB scandal.

He allegedly misappropriated RM42mil in funds belonging to SRC International.

On Aug 8, 2018, he appeared in court again for the second time and was charged with three counts of money laundering involving the same RM42mil.

The trial continues before Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali on Tuesday (April 23).

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