Businessman gave RM5 million to ‘RM’, witness tells Rosmah’s trial

Rosmah Mansor is facing three counts of corruption charges.

KUALA LUMPUR: A witness told the High Court in Rosmah Mansor’s corruption case that his friend had given RM5 million in cash to an individual known by the initials “RM”.

Razak Othman said his friend and business partner Saidi Abang Samsudin, who is Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd managing director, had told him the purpose of the RM5 million several months after both men delivered the money, packed in two suitcases, to a building located next to the Pavilion shopping mall.

Saidi was said to have paid kickbacks to the former prime minister’s wife to help his company secure the government’s RM1.25 billion solar project for Sarawak schools.

“However, I did not ask Saidi for more details on who ‘RM’ was because I felt that he was purposely hiding the details from me,” Razak said.

Razak told the court that he and Saidi had gone to the Maybank branch in Jalan Tuanku (Abdul Rahman). However, he could not recall the date.

They then went to Sogo to buy two black suitcases before returning to the bank to get the RM5 million.

“Saidi’s driver, Shamsul Rizal Sharbini, drove us from Maybank to Sogo and then back to Maybank.

“When we returned to the bank with the suitcases, we went into a room known as ‘bilik tunai’, where I saw Saidi took the money from the counter and he asked me to count it,” he said.

Razak said the money, in RM100 denominations, was packed in transparent plastic.

He then packed the money into the two suitcases, with each suitcase containing RM2.5 million.

“I wanted to go home after that but Saidi told me to stay and follow him to deliver the suitcases. I agreed because he is a friend that I have known for over 10 years,” Razak said.

He added that an unknown man also followed them into Saidi’s car after they left Maybank.

“The man sat next to me in the back while Saidi sat in the front passenger seat. The man did not speak to any of us,” Razak said.

When they reached their destination, Razak said he and Saidi each carried a suitcase and they were ushered into a meeting room.

“I saw two men in the meeting room but I didn’t know who they were. I put the suitcase that I was carrying in a corner and walked out. Saidi remained in the room.

“About 15 minutes later, Saidi came out and told me to bring the suitcase I had left inside the room to the lobby area,” he said.

Razak told the court that he could feel the money was still inside the suitcase as it was heavy.

“Saidi and I placed the suitcases into the back of a multipurpose vehicle.

“We left the lobby after we put the suitcases into the vehicle, and Shamsul drove us back to Maybank Jalan Tuanku (Abdul Rahman), where I had parked my car,” he said, adding that the unknown man was no longer with them.

Previously, Shamsul had testified that he drove Saidi and Razak to the Pavillion mall area where he saw the suitcases being transferred into the back of a Toyota Vellfire.

Maybank officer, Azimah Aziz had testified that Saidi withdrew RM6.5 million in cash from his account at the Medan Tuanku branch between 2016 and 2017.

The hearing continues on March 9 before High Court judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan, after Rosmah’s lawyer Azrul Zulkifli Stork said the defence team needed time to go through Saidi’s witness statement which is related to Razak’s testimony.

Rosmah is facing three counts of corruption charges for allegedly soliciting RM187.5 million from Saidi as an inducement to help Jepak Holdings secure the Hybrid Photovoltaic Solar System Integrated Project and Maintenance and Operation of Genset/Diesel for 369 rural schools in Sarawak.

The education ministry project is worth a total of RM1.25 billion through direct negotiations.

She is also accused of receiving bribes amounting to RM6.5 million from Saidi between 2016 and 2017.