Two bags with money placed on green sofa at Najib, Rosmah’s residence: Witness

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – A former driver to Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd Managing Director told the Malaysian High Court yesterday that he had placed two backpacks containing money in RM100 denomination notes on a green sofa at the residence of former Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, in Langgak Duta in late 2017.

Shamsul Rizal Sharbini, 42, when reading out his witness statement, said that he and Saidi Abang Samsudin, who was then his employer, had followed Rayyan Radzwill Abdullah’s car, who was Saidi’s partner, to the house.

“It was the same house where I used to send Saidi to before. When I reached the house, I saw the front door was open. I dropped Saidi there, while Rayyan parked his car outside. At that time I saw Datuk Rizal Mansor (Rosmah’s former aide) waiting at the door of the house,” he said during examination in-chief by deputy public prosecutor Mohamad Mustaffa P Kunyalam.

The fourth prosecution witness, who is testifying on the second day of Rosmah’s trial for corruption involving projects to provide solar energy to 369 rural schools in Sarawak, said when he got to the lobby of the house, Rayyan ordered him to bring the black and orange bags into the residence.

“I brought the two bags in and followed Saidi, Rayyan and Datuk Rizal to a living room. At that time, Saidi, Rayyan and Datuk Rizal were talking and I heard Saidi asking Datuk Rizal ‘Where is Madam’.

“I remembered Datuk Rizal saying ‘Madam is upstairs’. After that, I made my own decision and placed the two bags I was carrying on the green sofa,” he said and identified the sofa from a picture that was shown to him.

Shamsul Riza said after that he left the house with Saidi and Rayyan without the backpacks.

“I didn’t realise if Datuk Rizal had left the house when we left. Saidi never mentioned to me about the two backpacks and the money inside them, neither did I know why Saidi brought the two backpacks to the house,” he added. He told the court that he was also taken by a few officers from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to show the location where the two backbags were placed and where they were bought.