KUALA LUMPUR: A government officer, Nor Salwani Muhammad, had breached civil service rules and professional ethics by secretly recording an audit coordination meeting on 1Malaysia Development Board (1MDB) three years.

The 52-year-old told the Kuala Lumpur High Court that she had hidden a recording device in her immediate superior’s pencil case to record the meeting proceedings without the knowledge of anyone attending the meeting.

Among those at the meeting were then Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa, former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s chief confidential secretary Tan Sri Shukry Salleh, Datuk Zulkifli Ahmad representing the Attorney-General Chambers, 1MDB chief executive officer Arul Kanda Kandasamy, and several National Audit Department (NAD) senior officers.

Nor Salwani testified before Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan that she was disallowed to attend the meeting held at then Ambrin’s office on Wednesday, February 24, 2016.

The 5th prosecution witness said during the examination-in-chief that she hid the recording device in then NAD audit performance director Saadatul Nafisah Bashir Ahmad’s pencil case without her superior’s knowledge.

“After the meeting ended, I took the device,” testified Nor Salwani today, Thursday November 21, 2019, the 4th hearing day of the trial.

Then a coordinator of a special preparation team on 1MDB audit report, Nor Salwani’s unprofessional and unethical misconduct to secretly record a government meeting proceedings, although praised by pro-Pakatan Harapan media and supporters as “gutsy”, amounts to an alleged criminal breach of trust.

Under the civil service rules, anyone who wants to record government meeting proceedings must first declare one’s intention to obtain consent from the chair.

Wonder why no criminal proceedings were taken against Nor Salwani, currently a NAD director in charge of administration.

The secretly recorded audio clip was heard in court yesterday, Wednesday Nov 20, and Ali Hamsa identified several voices in it.

Nor Salwani said the original recording in the device she used was deleted as the device belonged to the government, claiming that she wanted to prevent a leak of information.

The witness said in her 22-year work experience, hearing the 2 hour and 45 minutes recording of the Feb 24 meeting was “very shocking”.

“It was not normal,” she claimed.

At the end of the meeting, four issues were agreed to be removed from the audit report, including the issues of two conflicting financial statements and fugitive financier Low Taek Jho’s presence at a 1MDB meeting despite him having no official position in the company.

On Dec 12, 2018, Najib was charged for allegedly tampering the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) final audit report together with Arul Kanda.

Najib, 66, is being accused of using his position to order amendments to the 1MDB final audit report before it was tabled to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to avoid any action against him.

He was charged, in his capacity as a public officer, which was as the Prime Minister, with using the position to obtain gratification for himself, which was to evade disciplinary, civil or criminal action against him in connection with 1MDB, by ordering alterations to the 1MDB final audit report before it was finalised and tabled to the PAC, where he directly had interest in.

The Pekan MP was accused of committing the offence at the Prime Minister’s Department Complex, Federal Government’s Administrative Centre, the Federal Territory of Putrajaya between Feb 22 and 26, 2016.

Arul Kanda, 43, was charged with abetting Najib in making amendments to the report to protect Najib from being subjected to disciplinary, civil or criminal action in connection with 1MDB, at the same place and time and in accordance with Section 28(1)(c) of the MACC Act read with Section 23(1) and 24(1) of the same act which provides for similar punishment, if found guilty.

Both their offences are punishable under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 with a maximum 20-year jail term, and a fine of at least five times the amount of gratification or RM10,000 or whichever is higher.

Former Federal Court Judge Datruk Seri Gopal Sri Ram is leading the prosecution team together with deputy public prosecutors Datuk Nik Suhaimi Nik Sulaiman, Mohammad Al-Saifi Hashim, Ahmad Akram, Rozaliana Zakaria, Mohamad Mustaffa P Kunyalam, Hazmida Harris Lee, Nadia Zulkefli, Tan Song Yan, Fatimah Hannah Abd Wahab, Munira Syahirah Mohamad Kamal, Nur Syakirin Yaccob and Wafa Zainal Abidin.

Najib is represented by lawyers Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah,
Harvinderjit Singh, Wan Aizuddin Wan Mohammed, Muhammad Farhan Muhammad Shafee and Syahirah Hanapiah while Arul Kanda is represented by counsels Datuk N. Sivananthan, Jasmine Cheong and Dhanyaa Shreeya Sukumar. – 21 November 2019.

30 COMMENTS

  1. The reason no criminal proceedings were brought because she didn’t commit any crime. In addition under article 145(3) the AG decides if she is to be prosecuted and he rightly didn’t do so first the aforesaid reasons. Criminal breach of thrust for secretly recording a meeting? Are you serious?

  2. The crooks altered the facts of the matter, now wants to claim innocent after being found out, and want the innocent to declared guilty.
    Come on where is the logic.

  3. Nah, that :secret recording’ had revealed a criminal act inside the goverment agency. Those in power using their position to hide their evil doing & this ‘secret recording’ exposed to public for the interest of people of Malaysia, not foreign nation. Those who are in power but abusing their position should be shoot to death !

  4. Defender of kleptocracy will come up with ludicrous accusations if things are against what they support. But still claiming they are independent. How would this lady know something out of ordinary will come out from the meeting, her only intention was to ease her in producing the minute of meeting? Just how could someone write a minute if she is not in the meeting? Anyway breaking a small unethical thing to reveal something big and hot is commendable.

  5. For the group to amend meeting minute to conceal the what actually transpired is punishable too and it is a betrayal to the tax payers.

  6. Ask the Islamic party ulamak to give the respond because during the last Tg Pai by election the PAS Pus Pus leader told the crowd that DSN is not guilty n he prayed to Allah will let him go free though dozens of people including top govt had given evidence of MO1 guilt

  7. Whistblowers should not be punished. Instead to be protected from intimidation etc. Same like rafizi n the bank officer case as well as justo xavier with 1mdb case.

  8. Berani…Benar…Bebas. How on earth this moto of this website really applied? This article is obviously not in tandem with the moto. Pathetic.

  9. This woman is a true hero! WTF are you trying to accuse her for? See the bigger damage to the country which this woman revealed! She should be rcognize as a nation hero!

    • She is a traitor. Whether to the country or boss. Her act may it be good but treason. Would you employ such a person .? Me not she might stab you anytime from the back.

  10. If anything, the country should give her the highest civilian award for doing her job dutifully and servicing the country (not certain men) faithfully. She should be made an example for all government civilian not only in Malaysia, but around the world.

  11. She is a senior personnel, knows the boundary of do’s and don’ts. Principle of oneself shall guide anybody on his/her action. Msian should be grateful on her wise decision of that day. Pls don’t interpret or judge any conduct based on limited context on all code of conducts/policies.

  12. If she found guilty because of the GENUINE record, then this will proved the salahlaku of Najib and Arul..simple as that..

  13. She was doing her job as she was earlier told to take down the minutes of the meeting. Suddenly all lower official was told to leave by the crooks who wanted to hide evidence. Shame on Najib and his crooked team.

  14. …she have done the right thing….To me..just wanted to hear the contents…surprisingly on Tan Sri Ambrin..when he was firmed..serious on the job..he was a chief sec. to education ministry..when he attended the meeting on projects..everybody so afraid of him…..what happened when he became PAC boss…is it najib devil’s fingers..shows…how powerful najib were..

  15. What misconduct. The only misconduct I see is that of a boss abusing hus position by telling a subordinate to destroy a legitimate official documemt!! Well done maam!!

  16. Well done ma’am ..we appreciate your trueness and honest dignity of the country. There are very seldom personel like you with such these days. As a Muslim we have to obey Allah The Almighty, Allah Knows Best. Alhamdulillah

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