Najib paid RM300,000 for analysis on contents in Chinese media – witness

KUALA LUMPUR, April 23 (NNN-Bernama) — The High Court here was told today that former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak paid RM300,000 to a research company, Centre of Strategic Engagement Media Sdn Bhd (Cense), to analyse contents in the Chinese dailies.

Cense founder-cum-director, Rita Sim Sai Hoon, who is the 14th prosecution witness, said Najib used the service of her company for two months, in December 2015 and January 2016, for the purpose.

She said the company was given the job by politician Tan Sri Jamaluddin Jarjis (now deceased), while payment to the company was made through an Ambank account belonging to Najib.

During examination-in-chief by the prosecution, conducted by deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Saifuddin Hashim Musaimi, Rita said her company did surveys on public policy and monitored the contents of the Chinese dailies for the Prime Minister’s Office.

Muhammad Saifuddin: Your company did surveys and work for the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO)?