Witness: Jepak MD admitted paying off Rosmah

The 16th prosecution witness says the 1st payment had been fulfilled in December 2016 ‘as promised’ for Rosmah in helping Jepak obtain an LoA for the project

by RAHIMI YUNUS/ pic by BERNAMA

JEPAK Holdings Sdn Bhd MD Saidi Abang Samsudin admitted to having paid Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor (picture) RM6.5 million for her help in securing a RM1.25 billion solar power supply contract for the company, said a witness.

Rayyan Radzwill Abdullah, a business partner of Saidi, testified that he was informed by the latter about the payments which were made in two tranches — the first part was RM5 million paid through Rosmah’s former aide Datuk Rizal Mansor, and the other was RM1.5 million cash delivered in two backpacks to the accused.

The 16th prosecution witness said the first payment had been fulfilled in December 2016 “as promised” for Rosmah’s role in helping Jepak obtain a letter of agreement (LoA) for the project.

The second sum had been paid in September 2017 when he and Saidi went to Rosmah’s residence in Jalan Langgak Duta, Kuala Lumpur (KL). Rayyan recalled by saying, while they were waiting for Rosmah to come out and meet them, he saw Saidi’s driver entering and placing two black backpacks with orange stripes by the sofa in the living room.

During that meeting, he said Saidi told Rosmah that another payment would follow based on the project’s progress payment to which Rosmah just nodded and said “okay”, without showing surprise.

“Rosmah also did not seem surprised by the gift of money. I understand the money was given by Saidi as a sign of gratitude for awarding the project to Jepak.

“I only knew that the two backpacks contained RM1.5 million in cash after being told by Saidi when we left Rosmah’s house,” Rayyan said in reading out his witness statement at the KL High Court yesterday.

Meanwhile, on the day the first payment was made, Rayyan said he and Saidi met Rizal at his house where Saidi handed over RM500,000 to Rizal as a reward for helping Jepak obtain the project.

He also admitted to receiving a RM1 million cheque from Saidi in August 2017 as a “consultant’s salary” for his work in securing the project.

“Saidi also once told me that he will pay me about RM10 million more for consulting services for this project, but until now, I have not received what was promised,” Rayyan added.

Rayyan, who is placed under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission witness protection programme, testified in earlier court sessions that Rosmah had asked for 15% “contribution” of the RM1.25 billion solar power supply contract value from Jepak.

Rosmah has been charged with soliciting RM187.5 million and two counts of receiving a total bribe of RM6.5 million from Saidi through Rizal concerning the project.

She was alleged to have received RM5 million cash from Saidi at her official residence in Putrajaya on Dec 20, 2016, after the Education Ministry issued the letter of award to Jepak.