KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court was told Thursday (Sept 5) that fugitive financier Low Taek Jho was a “master manipulator” who was effective in getting people to do what he wanted.
Datuk Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin, 43, agreed with a suggestion by lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah that Low, better known as Jho Low, was so convincing that he “could have sold ice to the Eskimos”.
Shafee: Do you know where Jho Low graduated from?
Amhari: If I'm not mistaken, it's Wharton (School of the University of Pennsylvania).
Shafee: He also went to a public school in England. Harrow School. Winston Churchill went there.
Amhari: I didn’t know that. Now I know.
Shafee: So, he received a solid education. He speaks well. (A) primary quality of his is he’s able to convince people.
Shafee: To put it in an analogy, he can sell ice to the Eskimos.
Amhari: Very possible.
The witness, who was under cross-examination by Shafee, also agreed that Jho Low was a master manipulator.
Shafee: Is Jho Low is a master manipulator?
Amhari: In an overwhelming way, he is able to place people, meet people and persuade people in various positions, whether it is from high positions, medium positions or low positions, involving domestic and international individuals and organisations, so that he will get what he wants. Up to a point, that most of the time, we do not know who these people are but all are going in the same direction.
Amhari gave the example of his trip to China where he did not know heads or tails of his trip there.
“When I arrived in the country, all of the agenda has been set and if I disagree with something, there are others there to remind me to continue with the agenda, ” he added.
On Wednesday (Sept 4), Amhari testified that Najib had instructed him to go to China alone to confirm that there was an agreement to strengthen bilateral relationships and trade and Jho Low had arranged the trip.
Najib, 66, is facing four charges of having used his position to obtain gratification totalling RM2.3bil from 1MDB funds and 21 counts of money laundering involving the same money.
He faces imprisonment of up to 20 years and a fine of up to five times the sum or value of the gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher, if found guilty.
The hearing continues before Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah on Tuesday (Sept 10).