KUALA LUMPUR – The 4th witness of the trial for tampering the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) final audit report which entered its second day, Tan Sri Ali Hamsa said that two key personnel were sacked by former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The two leaders were namely, the former Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the former Attorney-General (AG) Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail as Najib has lost his faith for the duo.
Gani Patail who served as the AG freom 1 January 2002 until 27 July 2015 led the special team in investigating the 1MDB scandal.
Meanwhile, Muhyiddin, according Ali Hamsa had raised many issues surrounding 1MDB during the Cabinet meeting to Najib as the Prime Minister and Finance Minister.
Ali Hamsa, the former Secretary to the Government testified during the trial before High Court Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan.
Gopal Sri Ram (Prosecutor): What happened to the Attorney-General before Apandi Ali?
Ali Hamsa: The then Prime Minister lost faith on him.
Gopal Sri Ram: It’s alright. You don’t need to be afraid in answering this question. This place is for justice. Don’t be afraid.
Ali Hamsa: When I surrendered the termination letter to Gani Patail, he told me that he had expected that to happen.
I delivered his termination letter to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Gani Patail. I also told him what I was asked to tell, that he needed to vacate his office and not take any document with him.
Gopal Sri Ram: And what happened to Muhyiddin Yassin?
Ali Hamsa: The Cabinet had issues with the then Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. I was informed that Gani Patail and Muhyiddin had a meeting at a mall.
That was among the issues why he lost faith. Muhyiddin raised many questions about 1MDB during Cabinet meeting to Najib, as the Prime Minister and Finance Minister.
Gopal Sri Ram: What was Najib’s reaction then?
Ali Hamsa: He looked calm. He answered Muhyiddin at the capacity as a Prime Minister and also the Finance Minister.
Gopal Sri Ram: What happened to Muhyiddin after that?
Ali Hamsa: Muhyiddin was ‘removed’ from his post.
The trial will resume tomorrow with the same witness before Mohamed Zaini. -MalaysiaGazette