Rosmah claims Rizal’s testimony done to smear her good name and credibility.
Dressed in a floral, red Baju Melayu, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor lamented in court that Rizal’s testimony was aimed at portraying her as an individual who was hated by the people, used to control the prime minister and that she was surrounded with corruption
Often referring to herself as the former First Lady of Malaysia, Rosmah said she could not understand how she had ended up in the dock while her former aide Datuk Rizal Mansor, who had originally been a co-accused in the case, was now a key prosecution witness testifying against her.
“I should be the one chosen as the crown witness testifying against him.
“It wasn’t me who cut all these deals…it was Rizal. He was the one who admitted asking for RM25 million and receiving RM500,000 and other amounts from all these people.
“On the other hand, I never asked for or received anything. However, despite all this he is let off scot free while I am the one standing accused,” she said while testifying under oath from the witness stand in Bahasa Malaysia.
Rosmah was referring to Rizal’s admissions that he had received several gratifications, among them an RM500,000 from then Jepak Holdings managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin.
Saidi was the 17th prosecution witness. Jepak was awarded the RM1.25 billion solar hybrid energy project meant to benefit 369 rural schools in Sarawak.
“In reality, I had never ever sought or received any bribe money from PW17 (17th prosecution witness Saidi) or PW16 (16th prosecution witness Rayyan Radzwill Abdullah, a former business partner of Saidi in the project), whether directly, or through PW21.
“And also, I have never done or admitted to doing so,” Rosmah testified.
Rosmah further stated that Rizal’s testimony was done allegedly to smear her good name and credibility as the wife of a former prime minister, through an “inter alia deal” with the prosecution to withdraw the charges laid against him and subsequently act as a “crown witness” for the prosecution in the proceedings.
Rosmah said she believed Rizal had made up all the stories against her to cut a deal with the prosecution by becoming their main witness and for his charges to be dropped.
“Whatever it is, not a single shred of evidence had been adduced before this court to back his allegations.
“It is all nothing but slander and hearsay. I beg that this court will not entertain any of it,” she said.
Rosmah later trained her guns on lead prosecutor in the case, Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram.
This happened when her lawyer Datuk Akberdin Abdul Kader asked her about a question which Sri Ram had posed to Rizal during trial.
Akberdin: Do you remember how Sri Ram had asked Rizal about the purported 10 percent commission which was offered to you?
Akberdin: Sri Ram had asked Rizal whether you chased him out of your house when he made the offer. Rizal said you did not. Can you explain why you did not chase him out of your house.
Rosmah: As a Malay, Muslim woman brought up in eastern traditions I know the culture and society norms which we have to follow. I know Sri Ram brought up the same thing when the issue of political donations was brought up. I was the First Lady of Malaysia at that time and chasing someone away is not what people expect of me. Maybe that is what Sri Ram does to people that he does not like but that is not me. I consider Sri Ram’s question as an insult to me. As a Malay, Muslim woman I would never embarrass someone by chasing them out of my house.
On Rizal’s claim that Rosmah had given him a monthly allocation of RM100,000 to set up a team of cyber troopers in 2012, the accused said it was another lie against her.
“I was shocked when I heard him say that in court. It is absolutely not true, and I deny such a thing happened.
“I was just the prime minister’s wife and I did not get any salary, allowances or pension. The RM100,000 he mentioned is a lot of money and it is impossible for me to give such an amount to him on a monthly basis.”
Earlier, there were some light moments when Rosmah took to the stand and finished reading her oath to tell the truth.
Immediately after she was done the court interpreter approached her and asked for her personal details.
Rosmah then read out her full name before being asked to state her age.
To this, she said: “My age?…Allah!…by December I’ll be 70. Not so young anymore. I am now a housewife.”
On Jan 8 last year, the prosecution applied to drop charges against Rizal in return for his testimony against Rosmah.
On Feb 18 this year, the High Court ordered Rosmah to enter her defence, following its finding that the prosecution succeeded in establishing a prima facie case against her.
Rosmah is facing three charges under Section 16(a)(A) of the MACC Act 2009.
In the first charge, she is accused of soliciting RM187.5 million in bribes from Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd to help secure an Education Ministry project.
The RM1.25 billion project was intended to supply power to 369 rural schools in Sarawak using a combination of solar and diesel energy.
In the second and third charges, she is accused of receiving RM1.5 million and RM5 million in bribes respectively as a reward for securing the project.
Rosmah will continue with her testimony before High Court Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan tomorrow.
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