1MDB trial: Jho Low likes me – Shahrol

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petrosaudi joint-venture Former Chief Executive Officer of 1MDB, Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 30 SEPTEMBER 2019 Jho Low Najib Razak
Former Chief Executive Officer of 1MDB, Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim HalmiPIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 30 SEPTEMBER 2019

By Kasthuri Jeevendran

KUALA LUMPUR – The ninth witness of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) trial which entered its 17th day, Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi seemed to have sang a lot of praises for fugitive businessman, Low Taek Jho or Jho Low.

During the cross-examination of the former 1MDB CEO with defence counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee, Shahrol told the court that he knew Jho Low since 2007 when the then 26-year-old businessman contacted him through the short message service (SMS).

“Actually, Jho Low liked me because I am not the ‘kepochi’ or busybody type,” he said.

Shafee: So, you are not a busybody?

Shahrol: Yes, that is what I meant by ‘kepochi’.

Shafee: So, Jho Low is informed about your character, who does things without wanting to know its objectives?

Shahrol: That is not right. I actually will take note of the objectives so that we can reach the agenda. But, anything more than the objectives, I will not be bothered about it.

Shahrol also jokingly said that he is not fond of asking ‘this and that’, especially on a private information, such as a person’s age, including during his meeting with Jho Low.

Shahrol also alleged that Jho Low is a smart man. He could pick up and understand a need fast and accurately, besides having the ability to communicate very well.

However, according to Shahrol, Jho Low is also unpunctual.

Earlier, Shahrol told the court that he is a former student of the Royal Military College (RMC) in Sungai Besi from 1983 to 1987.

He also shared that he was the best student for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) who obtained A1 in all subjects with the exception of Bahasa Malaysia, where he only managed to score Credit 6.

He then furthered his studies at the United States of America in 1988 at an institution at Los Angeles, before furthering his education at the Stanford University. The trial is ongoing before High Court Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah.

Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is facing 21 money laundering and 4 power abuse charges of receiving RM2.28 billion believed to originate from 1MDB funds. – MalaysiaGazette

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