KUALA LUMPUR — Sept. 3, 2019: A special officer to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has described fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho @ Jho Low as the unofficial special advisor to the former due to the roles Low played relating to 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
The things undertaken by Low included arranging international programmes, visits, business proposals and policies, apart from welfare work for Najib.
Low also orchestrated investment dealings, inter-government negotiations, political as well as fund manoeuvres for Najib.
“Every directive given by Jho Low must be carried out because I believed he had obtained prior approval from Najib. I never questioned the directives but sometimes when necessary, Datuk Azlin Alias, who was then Najib’s principal private secretary, or I did refer to Najib for confirmation.
“Most of the time, I would be informed by Najib that the instructions given by Jho Low were approved by him, and Datuk Azlin also noted to me that Jho Low’s instructions once confirmed by Najib must be followed up,” said Datuk Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin, who was with the economics division at the PM’s Office.
Amhari, who is currently unemployed, read his witness statement during examination-in-chief by prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib.
“Apart from us there were others in the PMO who were at Jho Low’s command and most of the instructions would be executed because, although Jho Low is young, he has charisma and commands extraordinary authority,” Amhari testified.
“There were times when special instructions involving confidential matters were given to Datuk Azlin or me by Jho Low and I made sure those instructions had been conveyed or known and agreed to by Najib himself.
“I say that because most of the time, Datuk Azlin or I will check with Najib on the instructions given by Jho Low and we found that he was aware. At times, he agreed with the instructions given by Jho Low and ordered us to do it,” the witness said.
Najib is facing four charges of abusing his position to obtain gratification of RM2.3 billion from 1MDB and 21 counts of money laundering. He is alleged to have committed the offences between February 2011 and December 2014.
Amhari also testified that Low became very close to Najib’s family after befriending Najib’s stepson, Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz and during his dealings with Low, the businessman informed him several times on how close he was to Najib’s family.
“To my knowledge, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor (Najib’s wife) was also very close to Jho Low as I noticed that Jho Low frequently received calls from her.” — Bernama