Plot thickens on identity of the mystery woman

PETALING JAYA: Dialog Group Bhd has denied that its chief financial officer and joint company secretary, Zainab Mohd Salleh, is the same person named in the littoral combat ship (LCS) scandal.

Dialog Group, which is an oil and gas support services provider, said that Zainab had been falsely implicated in the saga after being wrongly identified as a shareholder of Alizes Marine Limited.

Dialog Group clarified that Zainab is the spouse of Dr Noor Azmi Mat Adenan, a consultant gynaecologist-oncologist at Ara Damansara Medical Centre.

The firm also said that it would not hesitate to take legal action.

“Any false accusation or misleading statement issued and/or directed towards Dialog Group Berhad, its subsidiaries, including its directors and/or employees, will not be treated lightly, and we will not hesitate to take necessary legal actions in respect of such accusation or misleading statement,” said Dialog Group in a statement yesterday.

On Twitter, Zainab’s daughter, Syaza Nazura, said that her mother was not the individual involved in the LCS scandal.

“The Zainab Mohd Salleh in the Paradise Papers refers to the spouse of Mersing MP and not the CFO of Dialog Group Berhad as you had mentioned.

“Zainab (CFO) is married to Dr Noor Azmi,” she tweeted.

Earlier on Monday, PKR deputy president Rafizi Ramli alleged that companies linked to a woman named Zainab Mohd Salleh were allegedly involved in the embezzlement of the LCS warship funds.

He also claimed that Zainab is the second wife of Datuk Abdul Latiff Ahmad, who was the former deputy defence minister from 2008 to 2013.

However, Abdul Latiff, in a statement later, denied that the woman was his wife.

Rafizi also later said that he was not referring to Zainab from Dialog Group.

On Aug 4, Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) revealed that some RM1.4bil in government allocations for the LCS project had been used for other purposes, including cost overruns.

The two-year probe by PAC also revealed that the RM9bil project was done through direct negotiations with Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd and was inked in 2014.

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