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

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Rosmah Mansor’s defence team alleges that former Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid wanted a bribe for himself from the solar hybrid project to fund his gambling addiction, the High Court heard on Tuesday (Feb 11).

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The defence also accused Mahdzir of turning against former prime minister Najib Razak and his wife to escape from being charged with corruption himself.

Defence counsel Jagjit Singh, during cross-examination, claimed that Mahdzir often travelled on a private jet to Macau, Singapore and Perth to gamble.

Jagjit: When you travelled to Alor Setar, you travelled by private jet?

Mahdzir: I disagree.

Jagjit: You travelled by private jets during campaign periods?

Mahdzir: I disagree.

Jagjit: Did you also use private jets for your gambling trips to Macau, Singapore and Perth?

Mahdzir: I disagree.

Jagjit: What if I get the travel records from the private jet company?

Mahdzir: Okay.

Jagjit: You don’t gamble at all? You need all this money to feed your gambling habits.

Mahdzir: I disagree.

The court was also told that Mahdzir wanted Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin to appoint a man named Haji Puad from Kedah as a consultant for the solar hybrid project to act as a conduit for him to receive corrupt money.

Jagjit: You initially asked 20% which will amount to RM250 million, but they disagreed and reduced the amount to RM1 million per month for five years.

Mahdzir: I disagree.

Jagjit: This makes you the most corrupt Education Minister since Aug 31,1957.