KUALA LUMPUR — Sept. 23, 2019: A former CEO of 1MDB considered businessman Jho Low as representing both the Terengganu and federal governments.
Jho Low did not have formal authority in governing the Terengganu Investment Authority Berhad (TIA) but according to Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim could influence decisions at the executive level because he represented parties at the top — then Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu and former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib.
Shahrol made this remark when testifying in the trial of Najib who faces four charges of abusing his position to obtain gratification of RM2.3 billion of 1MDB money and 21 money laundering charges.
This was because he had checked these requests against minutes containing Najib’s views, as well as verbal feedback received from the latter.
Shahrol also thought that Jho Low was close to Najib and would ask for Milo ais (iced Milo) soon as he stepped into Najib’s house. He witnessed this when he was taken to Najib’s residence in Putrajaya by Jho Low.
“Jho Low took me to Datuk Seri Najib’s home and it looked like he was familiar with various parts of the residence,” the witness said, adding that as soon as they arrived at the front gates, Jho Low was given immediate access into the compound and once inside, he requested for a Milo ais before meeting Najib.
According to Shahrol, they went there to meet with Mubadala Petroleum CEO Maurizio La Noche.
Hearing before judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah continues tomorrow.