Sunday, September 13, 2020

FLOM Exposed at Rosmah Mansor Trial

Rosmah Mansor (left), wife of Najib Razak is in the dock for soliciting RM187.5 million and two counts of receiving bribes totalling RM6.5 million from Jepak Holdings managing director Saidi Abang Samsuddin. 

The bribes were allegedly received through Rizal Mansor (no relation to Rosmah), who had worked with Rosmah from 2009 to mid-2018 – and they represented a reward for helping Jepak Holdings secure the RM1.25 billion solar hybrid project for 369 schools in the interior of Sarawak. Rosmah was accused of committing the offences between January 2016 and September 2017. 

The former Special Officer (left) to Rosmah revealed Wednesday how the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) set up the First Lady of Malaysia (FLOM) division specifically for her immediately after her husband was appointed prime minister in 2009. 

Huzairi Zainal Abidin, director of secretariat and services management division in the Prime Minister's Office and the first prosecution witness in Rosmah’s graft trial, had already testified that the setting up of an office solely for a prime minister’s wife was unprecedented. 

Additionally, Rizal had admitted being paid RM100,000 cash monthly by Rosmah just to manage a team of cybertroopers tasked to counter negative content about her on the Internet and defending her reputation. 

"Most of the negative news involving Rosmah centred around her expensive handbags and the lavish wedding of her daughter, Nooryana Najwa Najib. There were also stories about how she misused the government jet and how anyone who wanted to get government contracts needed to see her first", he said. 

Rosmah, he asserted, was also accused of being the boss who even Najib (left) had to report to as she was the real Prime Minister of Malaysia then. 

"All these reports eventually became a real liability to the prime minister's image and the PMO then instructed the FLOM division to scale down publicity surrounding Rosmah in the media".

Rizal, who was previously jointly charged with Rosmah, turned prosecution witness – indeed, he did not hold back as he laid bare everything that happened during his tenure working for the accused.

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