Ex-Education Ministry Sec-Gen: Business Partners Fought over RM1.2B Solar Project

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Jepak partner Rayyan intended to reveal Najib and Rosmah’s role in solar hybrid project.

Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd’s Saidi Abang Samsudin and Rayyan Radzwill Abdullah fell out with each other and the latter tried to secure a RM1.25 billion solar power project from the government for himself, the High Court heard today.

Testifying in Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s corruption trial, former Education Ministry secretary general Tan Sri Madinah Mohamad said Rayyan had asked for her help to snatch the project away from Saidi.

She said he told her that Saidi had engaged in fraud to secure the deal.

“Between the month of October or November 2017 and May 2018, Rayyan sent me numerous messages through WhatsApp to the point that I did not pay too much attention to Rayyan’s messages.

“From those messages, I found that Rayyan has a misunderstanding with Saidi and Rayyan is working to seize the solar hybrid project from Saidi.

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“Rayyan also claimed that Saidi conducted many violations in the solar hybrid project such as changing the original terms of the solar hybrid project, making false claims and utilising the solar hybrid project to commit monetary fraud with various parties.

“The reason why Rayyan told me such matters is so that I would help him to meet with the prime minister on the reason to seize the solar hybrid project from Saidi and Jepak,” said Madinah.

Madinah also said Rayyan had threatened to reveal the involvement of the “PM” and “Madam” in the project to the Opposition at the time if she did not help.

“Rayyan had sent me screenshots of WhatsApp messages to show the involvement of Datuk Rizal Mansor (Rosmah’s aide) and ‘Ma’am’ in the proposal of the project and that he would reveal these if I did not help him in taking over the project from Saidi. I sent these screenshots through my mobile phone to the investigating officer,” Madinah said.

In her previous testimony, Madinah said interested parties in the solar hybrid project such as Rizal had used “PM” and “Madam” to refer to then-prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Rosmah, respectively.

Madinah said she did not entertain Rayyan’s messages but connected him with Najib’s then principal private secretary, Datuk Iskandar Kaus, over his request to meet the prime minister.