Sunday, January 23

Najib signed LOG for RM2 billion loan to SRC – Witness

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Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here was yesterday told that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak signed a Malaysian government letter of guarantee (LOG) for SRC International Sdn Bhd on a RM2 billion financing from Retirement Fund Incorporated (KWAP) for a period of 10 years.

KWAP former assistant vice president (Fixed Income Department) Amirul Imran Ahmat, 39, while reading out his witness statement  said the letter was signed by Najib as then prime minister and finance minister on March 27, 2012.

Continuing his testimony yesterday, Amirul Imran said KWAP received a letter from the finance ministry dated March 28, 2012 which was an approval by the Malaysian government to provide a guarantee to SRC, as had been endorsed at a cabinet meeting on Feb 8, 2012.

“This letter also requested for consideration from KWAP to channel the sum in advance with the finance ministry pledging to submit the government guarantee within 10 days,” he said during examination-in-chief by deputy public prosecutor Datuk Ishak Mohd Yusoff on the 13th day of Najib’s trial.

Ishak: What is the Letter of Guarantee for?

Amirul Imran: The letter from the finance ministry was to state that it agreed to provide guarantee to SRC for the RM2 billion loan.

DPP: Is it normal or not for people who borrow money to get it in advance prior to a letter of guarantee?

Amirul Imran: Never happened before.

DPP: Was it the first time this happened?

Amirul Imran: Yes.

Amirul Imran, who is currently a vice president (Fixed Income) at SME Bank, said KWAP subsequently received a ‘Form of Utilisation Notice’, which is a loan withdrawal application by SRC to KWAP, detailed with SRC’s account number, 211-202-201065-0 in AmIslamic Bank Berhad.

“On March 28, 2012, I was informed by Amirah Muhamad Nor from KWAP’s Investment Support Services Department that additional financing of RM2 billion had been withdrawn by KWAP and credited into SRC’s account,” he said.

The 29th witness said KWAP approved the loan in March 2012 during an Investment Panel meeting headed by Ahmad Norhisham Hassan.

Amirul Imran further testified that the additional RM2 billion was intended only for investment in natural resources and working capital and not for general investment.

“The loan from KWAP was not to be used for corporate social responsibility as social, charitable or political purposes were not stated in the loan agreement.

“The RM2 billion was also not meant for investment in fund management or in an asset management company, in or outside the country for profit,” he said.

Najib, 66, faces three counts of criminal breach of trust, one charge of power abuse and three counts of money laundering involving SRC International Sdn Bhd funds totalling RM42 million. — Bernama