Contribution for Rosmah’s help discussed, court told

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 16 Jul 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Businessman Rayyan Radzwill Abdullah claimed that a meeting was held between him, Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin and Datuk Rizal Mansor to discuss a “contribution” that would allegedly be given to Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor for her help in the company securing a solar hybrid project in Sarawak.

It was Rizal – Rosmah’s former aide – who suggested the contribution be given as a political donation during the meeting that took place in early 2016, said Rayyan.

Rayyan, the 16th prosecution witness at the graft trial of the wife of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, said Saidi had suggested giving 10% of the value of the project, worth RM1.25bil, to Rosmah.

Under cross-examination by Rosmah’s lawyer Datuk Akberdin Abdul Kader, Rayyan said it was Rizal who first proposed that Saidi offer it as a political donation.

Akberdin: In a meeting at Lygon Bistro in Sunway Putra Mall, Saidi informed Rizal that he intended to make a political donation through Rosmah to Najib so that BN could win (the 14th GE)?

Rayyan: I don’t agree. He (Saidi) was offering it for the project.

Rayyan also told the court that Saidi informed him in December 2016 that he had given RM5mil to Rosmah via Rizal, allegedly as a “contribution” to her for helping Jepak Holdings acquire the Letter of Award for the project.

Rosmah, 68, is facing a charge of soliciting RM187.5mil, and two other charges of receiving a bribe of RM6.5mil from Saidi.

The bribe was allegedly received through Rizal as gratification for helping Jepak Holdings secure the Hybrid Photovoltaic Integrated System and maintenance and operation of genset-diesel worth RM1.25bil for 369 rural schools in Sarawak.

The hearing continues today.

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