‘Unusual approval process’

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  • Tuesday, 07 May 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here was told that Datuk Seri Najib Razak signed a government letter of guarantee for SRC International Sdn Bhd on RM2bil financing from Retirement Fund Incorporated (KWAP) for a period of 10 years.

KWAP former assistant vice-­president (Fixed Income Depart­ment) Amirul Imran Ahmat, 39, while reading out his witness statement, said the letter was signed by Najib as then prime minister and finance minister on March 27, 2012.

Continuing his testimony yesterday, Amirul Imran said KWAP received a letter from the Finance Ministry dated March 28, 2012, which was an approval by the government to provide a guarantee to SRC, as endorsed by the Cabinet on Feb 8, 2012.

“This letter also requested for consideration from KWAP to channel the sum in advance with the Finance Ministry pledging to submit the government guarantee within 10 days,” he said during examination-in-chief by Deputy Public Prosecutor Datuk Ishak Mohd Yusoff on the 13th day of Najib’s trial.DPP Ishak: What is the letter of guarantee for?

Amirul Imran: The letter from the Finance Ministry was to state that it agreed to provide a guarantee to SRC for the RM2bil loan.

DPP Ishak: Is it normal or not for people who borrow money to get it in advance, prior to a letter of guarantee?

Amirul Imran: Never happened before.

DPP Ishak: Was it the first time this happened?

Amirul Imran: Yes.

Amirul Imran, who is currently SME Bank (Fixed Income) vice-­president, said KWAP subsequently received a “Form of Utilisation Notice”, which is a loan withdrawal application by SRC to KWAP, de­­tailed with SRC’s account number, 211-202-201065-0 in AmIslamic Bank Bhd.“On March 28, 2012, I was inform­ed by Amirah Muhamad Nor from KWAP’s Investment Support Servi­ces Department that additional financing of RM2bil had been withdrawn by KWAP and credited into SRC’s account,” he said.

The 29th witness said KWAP approved the loan in March 2012 during an Investment Panel meeting headed by Ahmad Norhisham Hassan.

Amirul Imran further testified the additional RM2bil was intended only for investment in natural resour­­ces and working capital and not for general investment.

“The loan from KWAP was not to be used for corporate social responsibility as social, charitable or political purposes were not stated in the loan agreement.

“The RM2bil was also not meant for investment in fund management or in an asset management company, in or outside the country for profit,” he said.

Najib, 66, faces three counts of criminal breach of trust, one charge of power abuse and three counts of money laundering involving SRC International’s funds totalling RM42mil. — Bernama

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