Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 16

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Rosmah Mansor demanded to be paid a “consultancy fee” of 15% of a solar contract.

A partner in the company which was bidding for a RM1.25 billion project to supply solar hybrid energy to schools in Sarawak today revealed how Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor demanded a 15% cut or RM187.5 million for herself.

The witness in Rosmah’s corruption trial also revealed how her former aide, Datuk Rizal Mansor, had sought his own cut from the project.

Rizal, who is now under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) witness protection programme, had demanded RM25 million from the company which was to be paid in five instalments of RM5 million per year.

All this was laid bare by Rayyan Radzwill Abdullah, who was the 16th prosecution witness in the trial in which Rosmah is accused of soliciting RM187.5 million and receiving RM5 million from Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd.

Rosmah is accused of receiving the money from Jepak Holdings managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin in exchange for helping the company secure the project to supply solar hybrid energy to 369 schools in Sarawak.

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Reading from a witness statement, Rayyan revealed that Rizal had arranged for him and Saidi to meet with Rosmah at her house in Jalan Langgak Duta in 2016.

Rayyan – who is Saidi’s business partner, said it all started from a meeting he, Saidi and Rizal had at the Lygon Bistro at Sunway Putra Mall sometime in January or February of 2016.

He said among issues raised at the meeting was how then-Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid did not seem to respond to Saidi and Jepak’s proposal, even though former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had minuted his approval for the project to take off.

Rayyan said Saidi then thought it was best to rope in Rosmah to help ensure things moved.

“At this meeting, Saidi also asked Rizal what he should offer Rosmah, and we were told to offer Rosmah between 10 to 15% of the project value.

“Rizal told us to start with 10% so that we would have some room to negotiate with her,” he said.

The 41-year-old, who is now a director at his own company, said he and Saidi eventually ended up in Rosmah’s house a few days later where they were escorted in by Rizal.

“During our meet with Rosmah in one of the living rooms in the house, Rizal Mansor had introduced us to Rosmah. Our discussion with Rosmah only involved Saidi and I, however, Datuk Rizal Mansor also sat in the same living room.

“Among the issues discussed was Rosmah’s support for Jepak’s solar hybrid project and the contribution that Jepak needed to give to Rosmah on the support given. Saidi offered 10% as a contribution to Rosmah.

“However, Rosmah responded by saying that the political scenario then required a lot of money. She said ‘we’ll see’ before we were told to leave.”

Rayyan stated that the meeting only took 10 minutes, and slightly before they exited the house, Rizal told Saidi and him to leave first as he had “a minor discussion” and did not leave the premises with them.

Rayyan said Rizal met them again later the same evening with news that everything was okay but Rosmah wanted a 15% cut.

However, he said Saidi told Rizal that RM187.5 million was a lot of money and he still needed “to take care” of others to secure the project.

“Saidi asked if the amount could be reduced and Rizal said he would check.

“At the same time, Rizal also asked for his cut of RM25 million to be given to him in five payments of RM5 million each over five years. Saidi was agreeable to this proposal,” he said.

Rayyan said Rizal phoned back the next day and informed him that Rosmah would not budge from the RM187.5 million figure.

Shortly after the phone call, Rayyan said he was introduced to one person called Lawrence who worked for Tan Sri Desmond Lim.

“I was told that both of them are close confidantes of Rosmah and all monetary transactions would be handled by Lawrence.

“Lawrence’s role was to help Jepak draft out an agreement on the payment of consultancy fees to Rosmah for helping Jepak secure the project,” he said.

Rayyan said he was made to understand the agreement had to be prepared to show that Rosmah had received a political donation for helping the company get the project.

“Saidi and I then made several series of meet with Lawrence from February 2016 and until the end of 2016 on the preparation of the draft agreement for the ‘consultancy fee’ payments to Rosmah.

“The agreement was made between Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd with a Taiwan company, which I don’t remember the name,’’ he said.

Rayyan said he entered into an agreement with the Taiwan-based firm to engage it for their consultation services which would be billed as “consultancy fee”, that is ultimately meant for Rosmah.

Rayyan said Rizal was also present in the meetings along with Lawrence and Saidi on drafting the agreement.

Rayyan then said he had seen the draft agreement between the two companies and found that an earlier draft had only promised Rosmah 12% of the project’s value before it was amended to 15% or RM187 million.

“I also tabled a payment schedule for political contributions that were promised to Rosmah in the discussion that I attended with Saidi, Lawrence and Rizal Mansor. The scheduled payments were to be made within five years to Rosmah,” he said, adding further that the five years were the same timetable as the solar hybrid project.

The payment schedule was also in tandem with payments Jepak Holdings were to receive from

The trial before High Court judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan continues.

Earlier reports:

Jul 13, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 15

Mar 12, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 14

Mar 11, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 13

Mar 10, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 12

Mar 9, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 11

Mar 9, Rosmah’s Ex-Aide Rizal Mansor Now in Witness Protection

Feb 20, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day Ten

Feb 20, Witness Tells Rosmah’s Trial Jepak MD Gave RM5 Million to “RM”

Feb 19, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day Nine

Feb 18, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day Eight

Feb 18, Rosmah’s Lawyer Tears into Madinah’s Testimony

Feb 17, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day Seven

Feb 17, Ex-Education Ministry Sec-Gen: Business Partners Fought over RM1.2B Solar Project

Feb 13, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day Six

Feb 13, Mahdzir Denies Hiring Lawyer to Broker Deal with AGC

Feb 12, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day Five

Feb 12, Rosmah’s Refusal to Leave Accused Dock During Lunch Break Prompts Early Adjournment

Feb 11, Rosmah’s Defence Alleges Mahdzir Private Jets to Macau, Spore, Perth to Gamble

Feb 11, Rosmah’s Defence Lawyer Paints Ex-Minister Mahdzir as Corrupt

Feb 10, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day Three

Feb 10, Ex-Minister Tells Rosmah’s Trial: I Wasn’t Bribed, Simply Followed Najib’s Orders

Feb 6, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day Two

Feb 6, Driver Delivered Bags of Cash to Rosmah’s House

Feb 6, Rosmah Allegedly Pressured Ex-Minister to Award Project to Jepak

Feb 5, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day One

Feb 5, Rosmah’s Lawyer Cries Intimidation over MACC’s Probe of Doctor Who Issued MC

Feb 5, RM6M Bribe in RM100 Bills

Feb 5, Rosmah’s Controversial FLOM Division Rebranded After Public Criticism

Feb 5, DPP: Overbearing Rosmah Wielded Considerable Influence