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John Soh Chee Wen, alleged mastermind of the 2013 penny stock saga, tried to debunk the logic of the calculations made by an expert witness who had testified earlier. As he took the stand earlier this week, he fumbled with the calculator. “Sorry, it’s the first time I’ve used a calculator in four and a half years,” said Soh, referring to the fact that he has been in remand since November 2016.
For someone who had been involved in the stock markets for at least three decades, it was not just about getting reacquainted with the use of a calculator. At Soh’s examination in chief by his lawyer N Sreenivasan of K&L Gates Straits Law, Soh had plenty of things to say about the brokers who had earlier testified against him.