FOR DOING NOTHING FOR 5 YEARS, EX-TOP CIVIL SERVANT PAID RM30,000 MONTHLY – YET NAJIB FELT MOHD SIDEK’S PAY WAS ‘TOO LITTLE’ – THIS IS HOW ‘BOSSKU’ ON HIS OWN SQUANDERED THE NATION’S MONEY – DON’T BLAME JHO LOW FOR EVERYTHING!

1MDB adviser did nothing for 5 years but received RM30,000 monthly, court hears

Mohd Sidek Hassan says after his appointment to the 1MDB board of advisers, he sat in no meetings and received no invitation to the firm’s annual meetings, despite being paid a monthly salary. 

The 19th prosecution witness in Najib Razak’s trial over the misappropriation of more than RM2 billion of 1MDB funds also told the court that for five years he never received an invitation to attend any annual meetings.

Sidek was chief secretary to the government from September 2006 to June 2012 and was appointed by then prime minister Najib Razak as a member in the board of advisers in 2010.

“I received a letter on my appointment as a board member on August 30, 2010. This was a letter from the prime minister (Najib) stating that the appointment was with immediate effect and I was welcome to attend the annual meeting, which would be chaired by the prime minister himself,” said Sidek who read from a witness statement.

“I had never asked the prime minister or 1MDB to be appointed to the role.”

Najib is standing trial for corruption over the misappropriation of RM2.28 billion in 1MDB funds.

He faces 25 charges, four for abuse of power and 21 for money laundering, for offences allegedly committed between 2011 and 2013.

Sidek also told the court that apart from not being invited to attend any 1MDB related discussions, he had never been briefed by 1MDB management on anything about the company’s operations.

He, however, said despite not doing anything as an adviser, he received a monthly salary of RM30,000.

“During my time in 1MDB, I was paid RM30,000 a month as an ‘advisory fee’ and the letter was signed by Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmy in 2010.

“During Najib’s time as prime minister, he had asked me about my salary as the chief secretary and he said it was too low, therefore I assumed my appointment as one of the board of advisers was to add to my salary as the KSN (national chief secretary),” he told the court.

Sidek received the fee of RM30,000 every month from July 2010 to December 2012.

The amount was then reduced to RM10,000 per month from January 2013 to June 2015.

He added that he had declared the payments to the Inland Revenue Board.

On alleged trouble in 1MDB, Sidek said he only knew about it through the newspapers, including reports on the investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commision.

“I was never briefed on the probe into 1MDB. Najib did not tell me anything on issues relating to the company although he was one of the advisers.”

“To my understanding, 1MDB was formed to be a political fund for Barisan Nasional,” he added.

Sidek is expected to be called again tomorrow to be cross examined by defence lead counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah. The case is being heard before judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah. TMI

Najib felt my pay was ‘too little’, ex-chief sec tells court

KUALA LUMPUR: A former chief secretary to the government told the High Court in Najib Razak’s 1MDB trial today he believed his appointment as a member of the company’s board of advisers was to “increase” his salary.

Sidek Hassan, who was chief secretary from September 2006 to June 2012, said the former prime minister had spoken to him about his income before his appointment.

Sidek said he became a member of 1MDB’s board of advisers on Aug 30, 2010 and received a monthly advisory fee of RM30,000 until January 2013, when it was reduced to RM10,000.

“Although I was a member of the board of advisers, I never attended any meetings to discuss 1MDB-related matters.

“1MDB staff never reported to me about their daily operations,” he said, adding that his appointment was only terminated in June 2015 though he was not told why.

Sidek told the court that he only found out about 1MDB’s financial problems through the media.

“I knew (through the media) that MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) was investigating 1MDB. The prime minister (Najib) never told me about the problems in 1MDB and I never asked him about it.

“I understand that 1MDB was set up to raise political funds for Barisan Nasional,” he said.

The court had in September 2020 heard testimony from former CEO Hazem Abdul Rahman, who said 1MDB was set up to assist Umno in obtaining political funds.

Najib is on trial for 25 charges of abuse of power and money laundering over funds amounting to RM2.28 billion that were deposited into his AmBank accounts between February 2011 and December 2014.

The hearing before judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah continues. FMT

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