By Aathi Shankar
BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) messages have revealed that former Ambank officer Joanna Yu Ging Ping had tutored fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho or Jho Low on how to manoeuvre banking system to manipulate Najib Razak’s accounts.
The Ambank former relationship manager’s BBM chats with Jho Low proved that she had guided him on how to manoeuvre the system and at the same time comply with the banking laws in order to execute a multimillion financial scam by manipulating the Pekan MP’s accounts.
Her tutorial was meant to avoid alerting former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib and evade the Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) compliance checks.
She had also taught former SRC International SDN Bhd CEO Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil on how to prepare letters of instruction on fund transfers to ensure the bank would process it without hassle.
Joanna Yu, however, was evasive with her answer when cross-examined on her BBM chats by the defence at Najib’s corruption trial linked to SRC International at the Kuala Lumpur High Court today, Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
She struggled to give a direct answer to a defence’s question on whether she had tutored Jho Low and Nik Faisal on how to manoeuvre the banking system.
These vital BBM messenger digital evidence were hidden by the prosecution in the pile of case documents submitted to the defence in January this year.
However, the intelligence of Najib’s defence team managed to expose this crucial evidence in court.
Joanna Yu also seemed was controlling her tears when the defence asked whether what she had done in relations to Najib’s accounts was criminal in nature.
The 54th prosecution witness has even once advanced RM55,000 of her own money when one of Najib current accounts was in deficit after the former premier had issued a cheque.
Jho Low reimbursed her the amount the next day.
In her testimony, Joanna tried to give a lame excuse that she did it to avoid embarrassing Najib.
Why should a bank officer take the trouble to rescue Najib by using her own money?
All these happened without Najib’s knowledge, let alone his consent.
Why didn’t Joanna Yu dutifully inform Najib about it?
The 48-year-old witness will continue to testify tomorrow before Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.
Najib currently faces seven corruption charges pertaining to SRC International funds.
The charges were 3 each for CBT under Section 409 of the Penal Code and money laundering under Section 4 of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities (AMLA) Act 2001, and 1 for abuse of power under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Act (MACC) 2009.
Najib was charged with committing the offences at AmIslamic Bank Bhd in Jalan Raja Chulan and the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya between Aug 17, 2011, and Feb 10, 2015.