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Jho Low was always late, says senior banker [NSTTV]

KUALA LUMPUR: A senior banker told the court today of fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho or Jho Low's tardiness for appointments.

Former Ambank Bhd managing director Cheah Tek Kuang said he knew Low since 2011 and they had lunch together several times, but the latter was always late.

"Low wanted to have lunch with me and it was arranged but he had a habit of turning up very late.

"It is not five minutes late... sometimes more than 30 minutes.

"After that, I just did not turn up for any other appointments with him (Low) because I did not want to entertain such things," he said.

Cheah said this while testifying as the 39th prosecution witness in former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's corruption trial for misappropriating 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) funds.

The 75-year-old banker also clarified that he only met Low two or three times.

Cheah who was the one who met Najib when the former prime minister wanted to open his account with the bank also said Low was present during his meeting with Najib.

"I was taken to Najibs's house in Jalan Langgak Duta via a car and I saw him (Low) once I arrived there.

"However, we went into separate rooms ... we did not talk to each other," he said.

Cheah earlier testified that he went to Najib's house to hand over a cheque book, acknowledgment slip and credit card application form to the Pekan Member of Parliament.

He said Najib, during the meeting, told him that US$100 million will be deposited into the account from Saudi Arabia.

He did not ask the purpose of the monies but Najib told him that it was a donation from Saudi's government for Islamic activities.

Najib, 69, is facing four charges of using his position to obtain bribes totalling RM2.3 billion from 1MDB funds and 21 charges of money laundering involving the same amount.

The trial before judge Datuk Collin Lawrence Sequerah continues.

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