Woman previously linked to Jho Low named as Olympic Council COO

Ung Su Ling, the former CEO of Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia chaired by Najib Razak, has been appointed as COO of the Olympic Council of Malaysia. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: An individual who was once linked to wanted businessman Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low, has been appointed as the chief operating officer of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM).

Ung Su Ling is the former CEO of Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia (YR1M), a charity arm chaired by former prime minister Najib Razak, and which was named by The Wall Street Journal in 2015 for allegedly spending millions of ringgit to help Barisan Nasional retain power in the 2013 general election.

Ung also once worked for Merican & Partners Asset Management, where she handled investments for Jho Low, according to a special report by business weekly The Edge last year on the “who’s who of Malaysians in Jho Low’s web”.

The report said Ung, who studied law, joined Jho Low’s family business Wynton Group, and was later appointed to head YR1M.

“It was through YR1M, which received hundreds of millions from companies such as Genting and Tanjong, that cash was channelled to political programmes in the name of charity,” the weekly said in a cover story published a month after the general election last year.

When contacted, OCM said Ung was appointed after an extensive hiring process involving 60 applicants.

“The shortlisted applicants were interviewed by an OCM panel and each one gave their markings,” OCM deputy president Abdul Azim Zabidi told FMT.

“In the end, we tabulated the marks and she got the highest votes,” he said.

Azim said Ung’s experience in dealing with sports associations was also a plus.

Among others, she had served as an assistant general manager at CIMB Foundation, which was actively involved in a number of sports including squash, cycling and rugby.

When asked about her past associations, Azim said they were not of concern as she was not implicated in any investigations.

“She was just an employee. In any foundation or NGO, when you get a donation, you just accept it. You don’t really go behind the people to ask where the money came from.

“We look at her experience and what she brings to the table,” he said, adding that Ung would be tasked with taking OCM’s operations to the next level.