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Thursday, May 12, 2022

I'm not Jho Low's aunt, ex-1MDB secretary tells court


Former 1MDB company secretary Goh Gaik Kim told the Kuala Lumpur High Court today that she is not the aunt of fugitive businessperson Low Taek Jho, who is also known as Jho Low.

Goh, 54, who was 1MDB’s company secretary from March 31, 2011 to April 1, 2016, denied an allegation that she is related to Jho Low (above).

She said this during a cross-examination by Najib Razak’s lawyer Wan Aizuddin Wan Mohammed at the trial of the former prime minister over charges of embezzling 1MDB funds worth RM2.3 billion.

“I categorically say I am not his auntie. Not only I’m not his auntie, I am also not in any way related to him. In fact, I first met Jho Low in 2011 after a month since I joined 1MDB. I was having lunch with 1MDB’s director Tan Sri Ong Gim Huat and Radhi Mohamad.

“I think he came in, Radhi said ‘oh, that’s Jho Low’ and Tan Sri Ong and Radhi went over to say hi. I saw him from afar. At that time, I didn’t know who he was.

"After lunch, I asked the duo who Jho Low was because in my mind of course he had connections with the company because they both went to greet the man, but they just kept quiet,” said the 17th prosecution witness.

Wan Aizuddin: So, you were not introduced to Jho Low?

Goh: No.

When the lawyer showed a photograph of Jho Low, the witness said she was unable to recognise the face as she had only seen him from afar.

She also said she never saw Jho Low after the 2011 lunch event.

To another question, the witness said she was never informed by senior management of 1MDB that Jho Low played any role in the company.

Najib, 68, is facing four charges of using his position to obtain bribes totalling RM2.3 billion from 1MDB and 21 charges of illegal money laundering involving the same amount.

The trial before Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah continues.


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