Turning around troubled companies was something of interest to John Soh Chee Wen the alleged mastermind behind the manipulation of the three penny stocks in 2013. 

“I love doing deals, I love the adrenaline of doing deals,” he told the court on May 11 during the examination-in-chief by his defence counsel, N Sreenivasan of K&L Gates Straits Law.

However, Soh paused briefly when asked if he would describe himself as a “deal junkie”. Soh explained this was because the term “seems to have a negative connotation”. But, “I’ll live with it”, he chuckled when pushed by Sreenivasan to use another word to describe this love.

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