KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 4): Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had told his special officer and fugitive financier Low Taek Jho, aka Jho Low, to cut infrastructure deals involving rail and gas pipelines with China's state-owned enterprises to bail 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) out of its mounting debts, said a key witness in the 1MDB-Tanore trial today.

The projects included a proposed Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail, a petroleum pipeline from Port Klang to Kuala Kedah, the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), the Trans-Sabah Gas Pipeline, the Multi-Product Pipeline (MPP) and the development of federal territory Labuan into an offshore banking and tourism hub, Najib's former special officer Datuk Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin told the High Court.

The eighth prosecution witness, who once worked closely with the late chief private secretary Datuk Azlin Alias, said he was sent to China on a “secret mission” by his then-boss to convince the country to help pay 1MDB's debts.

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