A liar and always late, bank MD describes Jho Low in court

Former AmBank group managing director Cheah Tek Kuang.

KUALA LUMPUR: A witness in the trial of Najib Razak today described fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low, as a liar and a habitually late person.

Former AmBank group managing director Cheah Tek Kuang, 72, told the High Court here that he never trusted the man.

“I can tell you what kind of a person he is, (he is a) person who was never punctual. If an appointment was at 1pm, he would come at 1.30pm.”

Cheah, the 50th prosecution witness, said this during cross-examination by lawyer Harvinderjit Singh.

Harvinder had questioned him about a conversation via Blackberry messenger between former AmBank relationship manager Joanna Yu and a person believed to be Jho Low.

Cheah said he had not spoken to Jho Low and did not know what he and Yu talked about.

“What she said to Jho Low, I don’t know. I don’t talk to Jho Low,” he said.

When asked whether he described Jho Low as a liar, Cheah said: “A liar lah, I don’t like him. I detest him. Cannot get close to that kind of person.”

Yesterday, Cheah told the High Court that he met Jho Low at Najib’s house in Jalan Langgak Duta over the former prime minister’s request to open bank accounts at AmBank.

Also testifying at today’s proceeding was former SRC International company secretary Chee Suwen and senior assistant registrar of the Civil High Court, S Mageswary

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

The hearing continues before judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.