KUALA LUMPUR: Fugitive financier Low Taek Jho was a “master manipulator” who was effective in getting people to do what he wanted, the High Court was told.
Datuk Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin, 43, agreed to 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. 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 a master manipulator?
Amhari: In an overwhelming way, he is able to place people, meet people and engage people of various levels, whether high level, medium position, low position, domestic or international, he gets what he wants. Most of the time, we do not know who these people are.
Amhari gave the example of his trip to China where he cannot make heads or tails of.
“When I arrived in the country, all of the agenda had been set and if I disagreed with something, there were others there to remind me to continue with the agenda, ” he added.
On Wednesday, Amhari testified that Najib 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.