There was no reason to use an employee to negotiate deals or receive bribes when her husband Najib Razak was the head of the government, Rosmah Mansor told the High Court today.
Rosmah told her counsel Akberdin Abdul Kader this when asked if she had asked her then aide Rizal Mansor to negotiate deals or accept bribes on her behalf.
“I have never asked Rizal to negotiate on my behalf and I never received what was stated in court – that I received the RM1.5 million and also the RM5 million.
“As far as I’m concerned, he is just staff.
“Even if I wanted to, why should I go to Rizal when I’ve got a husband who sleeps with me; I cannot tell him to do it?
“Whether he accepts it or not, that is up to my husband because he had warned me many times not to get involved with contractors or any business dealing,” she said.
Rosmah also blamed Rizal, former education minister Datuk Seri Mahadzir Khalid, former education ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Madinah Mohamad and Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad who had all pointed finger at her to avoid being prosecuted.
She even claimed that Rizal, who is a crown witness in the trial, is a “liar through and through” and often had misrepresented her name and his supposed position as her special officer for his own personal gain.
Rosmah further claimed that this includes Rizal personally engaging with independent consultant Rayyan Radzwil Abdullah and Jepak Holding Managing Director Saidi Abang Samsudin in seeking personal gratification for his aid in securing the solar hybrid project, by claiming that he was her aide.
Rosmah reiterated that she had little to no direct dealing with Rizal during his tenure under the First Lady of Malaysia Department, dubbed FLOM, that was parked under the Prime Minister’s Office during Najib’s administration.
Rosmah stressed that she mainly deals with FLOM’s department head Datuk Seri Siti Azizah Sheikh Abod.
Azizah also took the stand today as the trial’s second defence witness, where she had briefly explained her role in FLOM.
In her written testimony to the court, Azizah stated that Rizal was a special functions officer under the department and had no official designation as Rosmah’s special officer.
She stated that Rizal had misrepresented his role in the department to third parties as means to raise his “importance”.
The trial is expected to resume on January 4, 2022.