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Rosmah case: Ministry officers threatened to speed up approval

Madinah did not advise Najib directly because she had to observe the chain of command.

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KUALA LUMPUR — Feb. 12, 2020: A retired senior civil servant has testified about threats to officers by a businessman who wanted quick approval for a hybrid solar project for Sarawak rural schools.

The man alleged to have done so was Rayyan Radzwill Abdullah, a business partner of Jepak Holdings Sdn. Bhd. managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin. Jepak was the company chosen to undertake the job.

According to the ministry’s former secretary-general Tan Sri Dr. Madinah Mohamad, she was informed of the threats and harassment against officers of the procurement and development division, with Rayyan telling them that he would complain to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak if there was a problem.

Madinah is a prosecution witness in the case involving Najib’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is charged with so soliciting RM187.5 million and receiving a bribe of RM6.5 million from Saidi through her former aide, Datuk Rizal Mansor, in exchange for helping Jepak Holdings obtain the project worth RM1.25 billion. The offences were allegedly committed between January 2016 and September 2017.

Besides receiving telephone calls and messages through WhatsApp from Rayyan, Madinah spoke about receiving telephone calls and messages from Rizal.

“Datuk Rizal and Rayyan complemented one another in providing me with information and I considered them to be really in touch with the prime minister at that time. So I was careful in my response to Rayyan when communicating with him,” she said.

When asked by prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram why she did not advise Najib on the project, Madinah explained that any communication was through the minister, as required by civil service protocols or the chain of command. 

Hearing before Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan continues tomorrow.

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