Saturday, October 19, 2019

Day 22: Najib Razak, the Emperor of 1MDB

“You can talk about the legalities and all that... but it was not how 1MDB was run. From the time I joined to the time I left, I saw Najib as the ultimate power in 1MDB... Yes, I can say he was the Emperor of 1MDB”. 

That was how former chief executive of the sovereign wealth fund, Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi, described his former boss, Najib Razak. 

The 49-year-old has been put under the hammer for constantly saying he did not bother checking anything he was asked to do as he believed it had all been approved by Najib. 

Shahrol (right) maintained his stand on Thursday as he was being cross-examined. 

He even admitted putting his name to minutes of a meeting which took place on March 30, 2011 solely because Najib had signed the document first, and he did it despite knowing the minutes were untrue. 

“I trusted that Jho Low and Najib were working for the best of the country and that 1MDB was just a vehicle to achieve this”, he had replied to a question about the fraudulent minutes. 

That was perhaps why Shahrol whose last drawn salary was RM99,000 per month and who acknowledged on October 08 that he had no experience when he joined 1MDB predecessor Terengganu Investment Authority Berhad as CEO on March 23, 2009 – was chosen for the job by none other than Jho Low (left), who is widely believed to be the 1MDB mastermind. Meaning, he can be expected to just follow orders and not ask questions. And, of course, he did his job well. 

On Friday evening, I was at the PJ Palms Sport Centre in Lorong Sultan in Seksyen 52, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

My purpose there was to attend the Apple Mentors Toastmasters meeting and I delivered a CC#6 speech titled Gone Mad. 

And so, I can cross off another speech from my list of Competent Communication manual speeches to do.

Thanks to the club for having me. My maiden visit too.

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