KUALA LUMPUR — June 20, 2019: A former director of SRC International Sdn Bhd, claimed today that he and his wife fled to Bangkok in 2015 because they feared Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who was the prime minister then.
Datuk Suboh Md. Yassin made the decision to flee after his intention to lodge a report on the SRC issue to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission became known, saying that he had earlier contacted the agency for an appointment to explain the issue.
“But before going to the MACC I received a call from a man who introduced himself as a representative from the agency who told me to not go to MACC and ordered me to leave Malaysia.
“I was afraid with what was happening and also because Datuk Seri Najib was still in power,” he claimed when reading out his witness statement during the trial in which Najib is charged with three counts of criminal breach of trust, one count of abusing his position and three counts of money laundering involving SRC International money amounting to RM42 million.
Suboh and wife stayed in Bangkok for about a month, on his own expense. While there he met a Thai man who handed him flight tickets to Abu Dhabi.
On arrival in Abu Dhabi, they were taken to a hotel where they stayed for about a week before flying back to Bangkok and subsequently back to Malaysia.
Suboh said the flight tickets and accommodation were paid for but he did not know by who.
“After my return (to Malaysia), I was contacted by (then SRC CEO) Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil, who instructed me to leave the country again to avoid the authorities.
“(But) I decided to stay and assist the investigation,” said Suboh.
Questioned by deputy public prosecutor Datuk Ishak Mohd Yusoff why he wanted to lodge a report with MACC, Suboh said it was a hot issue in 2015 and he wanted to explain what he knew.
Asked why he feared Najib and whether Najib had threatened him, Suboh said he received a call from Nik Faisal asking him to flee.
“He (Nik Faisal) told me about SRC involving Najib. He advised me, you go away, he said . So, I was confused and fled to Bangkok.”
According to him, Nik Faisal contacted him again after the May 2018 general election but he decided he was not going to flee again.
The hearing before judge Mohd. Nazlan Mohd. Ghazali continues on July 1. — Bernama