PETALING JAYA – Former aide to Datin Seri Rosmah Manso, Datuk Rizal Mansor told the High Court today that Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor often receives gifts and cash in exchange for her ‘help’ in securing government contracts.
Rizal, a witness to the corruption trial against Rosmah, said that he had knowledge of the contractors and businessman giving the former prime minister Datuk Najib Razak’s wife gifts for their favor.
He told the High Court that one of the confidential tasks we were assigned to was a position as her special officer that collects funds or contributions that certain individual wants to give her.
Rizal said that as a wife of the prime minister, a lot of individual wants to see and meet her to lobby for government contracts. They build good relationships and hope that she would compel her husband Datuk Seri Najib to give them the opportunity to secure government contracts.
He added that after gaining Rosmah’s trust, He was assigned to receive gifts on her behalf including cash for her from contractors given on the grounds of ‘political contributions’.
According to Rizal, Rosmah also has a “huge” influence over civil service members. Public servants often would entertain Rosmah or the First Lady of Malaysia (FLOM) division’s request to gain her favor.
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