I was told to sign documents while on the run in Bangkok, ex-SRC director tells court

Former SRC International Sdn Bhd director Suboh Md Yassin.

KUALA LUMPUR: A former SRC International Sdn Bhd director told the High Court in Najib Razak’s corruption and abuse of power trial today that he had signed two directors’ circular resolutions in connection with Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd while on the run in Bangkok.

Suboh Md Yassin said he was instructed to do so by fellow SRC International director and CEO Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil.

“He contacted me on completing some unfinished business,” Suboh said during examination by deputy public prosecutor Ishak Mohd Yusoff.

He said the first document was to ratify Ihsan Perdana as SRC International’s corporate social responsibility partner while the second was for payments to Ihsan Perdana.

Suboh, the 42nd prosecution witness, said a Thai national whom he knew as Kun met him at a hotel in Bangkok in July 2015.

“He brought the documents for me to sign. I gave them back to Kun, and he used DHL to courier the documents,” he said.

Ishak told the court that the documents were dated Nov 24, 2015.

Suboh said Kun then bought two flight tickets for him and his wife to travel to Abu Dhabi.

He said he was met by investigators from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) a day after arriving in Abu Dhabi, who questioned him about matters related to SRC International and 1MDB.

Suboh, who has walked with the aid of a cane since undergoing heart by-pass surgery in 2012 and suffering a stroke in 2017, said he did not know why he had to be in Abu Dhabi, nor why the interview was conducted there.

On June 20, Suboh told the court that he and his wife ran to Bangkok in July 2015, when MACC was investigating SRC International and 1MDB during Najib’s tenure in power.

He said an “unidentified” MACC officer had told him not to go to the anti-graft agency while Nik Faisal ordered him to leave the country as SRC International was connected to Najib.

Suboh said he was in the Thai capital for a month, and had also gone to Abu Dhabi where he stayed for a week.

He returned home after a month and was directed by Nik Faisal to leave the country again after the general election last year. However, he declined to do so.

Najib, 66, is facing three counts of criminal breach of trust, one charge of abusing his position and three counts of money laundering over SRC International funds amounting to RM42 million.

He is also accused of abusing his power as prime minister by giving government guarantees on SRC International’s RM4 billion loan from Retirement Fund Inc.

The Pekan MP was charged with committing the offences at AmIslamic Bank Bhd on Jalan Raja Chulan and the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya between Aug 17, 2011, and Feb 10, 2015.

The hearing continues before judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.