1MDB trial: Najib’s former aide in tears when talking about late boss, stress

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Razak's former special officer Datuk Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin got all choked up while reading his witness statement during the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) trial on Wednesday (Sept 4).

He shed a tear or two when he spoke about his former boss Datuk Seri Azlin Alias and the stress he faced after Azlin passed away.

Amhari said Najib began giving him confidential instructions directly following Azlin's demise, and he had to start taking over special tasks involving secrets.

Amhari related an incident where Najib instructed him to go to China alone to confirm that there was an agreement to strengthen bilateral relationships and trade, saying Low Taek Jho would handle his trip there.

“I had to agree and follow Najib's instructions at the time because the instructions came from Najib himself.

“At the same time, I was really stressed with the situation and it also came across my mind to resign because this instruction is putting pressure on me, especially when Azlin was no more, ” Amhari said.

He added that he had no choice but to carry out Najib's orders as he was the boss and the prime minister.

He told the High Court that he was afraid he would be included in Najib and Low's arrangements to cover up 1MDB's losses, the payment of International Petroleum Investment Company (Ipic) debts related to the misappropriation of 1MDB funds or the provision of political funds.

“If I reject this order, it might bring harm or problems to myself, ” he said.

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