Roslan Sohari, was the man cited in documents revealed by Sarawak Report yesterday, relating to the investigation into 1MDB.
Investigators identified him as having made cash deposits into the Affin Bank account of Rosmah Mansor earlier this year totalling RM2 million.
But, when journalists (from Malaysiakini) called on the handphone number recorded by the bank he denied he knew anything about the matter.
He also denied he worked for the Prime Minister and his wife.
Yet, our research shows that Roslan Sohari’s own data on social media tells a very different story and it links him inextricably to the Prime Minister himself and the bank account details below.
After the publication of our story Roslan Sohari rapidly pulled down his Facebook account.
However, earlier research saved some detailed online evidence, which shows that the phone number and name on the Affin Bank account do indeed match the details of this “personal assistant to the Prime Minister”.
The 019 hand-phone number registered by the bank refers to Roslan Bin Sohari, as the person who deposited the cash transactions.
And when we plugged the number into Whatsapp it came up with a clear profile for none other than a chap called Roslan Sohari.
He even uploaded a picture (left inset) of himself standing in front of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
If you click to inflate that picture (see below) the features of this Roslan Sohari are very clear.
Cross-checked with Facebook, it is clear that this picture, which is related to the phone number held by the bank, perfectly matches the many pictures that a certain identical Roslan Sohari had put up of himself on his Facebook page.
This chap on Facebook (before the site was hastily pulled down this afternoon) advertised himself as none other than the Resident Manager of the Prime Minister’s Office – just as described in the bank documents.
In short, the number given by the bank as belonging to Roslan Sohari tallies with Whatsapp’s phone directory and profile picture for a person of that name.
And that picture identically matches the man who had a Facebook account under Roslan Sohari, who claimed to work for the Prime Minister!
Minutes after our story appeared online this Facebook account belonging to Roslan Sohari was pulled down.
However, our own researcher and enterprising Sarawak Report readers had already copied much of the material from the site.
One reader has compiled this Facebook material and put it back online in a new Facebook account for people to see.
What the many, many pictures uploaded by this Roslan Sohari onto his Facebook site show is that this Malaysian has lived a life of travel luxury over the past year, hopping around the world’s capitals and staying at only the very best of hotels.
Intriguingly, all his snapshots from different parts of the world on different dates perfectly match the official travel arrangements for the man who was cited as his boss on the Facebook site before it was removed.
That is, the Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Wherever Roslan has been, so has the Prime Minister of Malaysia, usually accompanied by his wife, Rosmah Mansor. On occasion, it has been only the PM’s wife whom Roslan appears to have been detailed to accompany.
There is another extraordinary social media link available, which ties Roslan Sohari to Najib Razak and his family.
On Roslan’s own Google+ account, he had uploaded a Whatsapp picture of the ID card of the couple’s now famous daughter Nooryana, who has just astonished the world with the sheer lavishness and expense of her marriage celebrations.
Did Roslan not realise that he had uploaded this picture onto a public site?
Was he sending the information to a third party to help expedite one of the many travel commitments detailed on his Facebook?
If so, this further online information confirms the link between Roslan and Malaysia’s “First Family” in a way that make his denials appear very hard to credit.
So, let’s take a look at Roslan’s round the world trips, as detailed by his own Facebook over the past years and months, before we reach any final conclusions:
London, United Kingdom – October 2013
Dubai, United Arab Emirates – November 2013
Rosmah Mansor took a controversial trip via the VIP jet to Dubai on the same date. On 13/11/2013 she was granted an audience by the UAE Prime Minister’s wife Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein.
Perth, Australia – April 2014
On the very same day, Prime Minister Najib Razak was in Perth with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar – May 2014
Najib and Rosmah arrived in Nay Pyi Taw on the very same day to attend the 24th ASEAN Summit in Myanmar.
Almaty, Kazakhstan – May 2014
On the same day Najib was accompanied by Rosmah, Second Education Minister Idris Jusoh and Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, on a three-day official visit to Kazakhstan to further bilateral ties.
Venice, Italy – June 2014
Rosmah Mansor was in Venice on the same day to meet with Malaysian solo runner Suwaibah Muhammad Nasir during her Silk Route Run-Across Reverse of Marco Polo (AROMA).
Paris, France – June 2014
On the same day (04/06/2014) , Rosmah Mansor attended the Global Summit of Women event “Women: Redesigning Economies, Societies” in Paris, France.
Amsterdam, Netherlands – July 2014
On the very same day (31/07/2014), Najib was in Amsterdam for a press conference with Prime Minister of Netherlands, Mark Rutte, regarding missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.
New York, United States – September 2014
During the same week that Roslan was snapped in New York, Najib and Rosmah were on a working visit to New York and San Francisco. Najib was also spotted at the same hotel (The Mandarin Oriental) just two days later.
Beijing, China – November 2014
Both Rosmah and Najib had arrived a few days earlier to attend the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM) in Beijing, China.
Zurich, Switzerland – January 2015
On the very same day (22/01/2015), Najib and Rosmah both arrived in Zurich, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Almaty, Kazakhstan – April 2015
Rosmah and Najib’s daughter Nooryana Najwa got married to Kazakhstani Daniar Kesikbayev in Almaty, Kazakhstan on the same day that Roslan was photographed in the same city.
Langkawi, Malaysia – April 2015
A day later (29/04/2015), Prime Minister Najib was attending the 26th ASEAN Summit in Langkawi. There was also an ASEAN preview event where dignitaries were welcomed by Najib Razak, the event was held at the boutique St Regis Hotel, where Roslan was also snapped.
Singapore City, Singapore – May 2015
Prime Minister Najib visited Singapore a day later than Roslan uploaded his photograph. Najib was on a two-day working visit to attend the Malaysia-Singapore 6th Leaders’ Retreat.
Tokyo, Japan – May 2015
Just a day earlier than Roslan uploaded his photo (24/05/2015), Prime Minister Najib had arrived in Tokyo for his official visit in Japan. The visit was intended to strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – June 2015
Just a day later, on 07/06/2015, Prime Minister Najib Razak begins his official visit to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with wife Rosmah. Both were invited by Saudi King Salman Abdulaziz.
So, do people believe that Roslan Sohari knows nothing of Najib and Rosmah and rightfully denies the evidence that he deposited two million ringgit of cash in Rosmah’s account earlier this year?
Or do we think he just panicked and lied?
Meanwhile, readers of SR have been kindly taking over Roslan’s role in feeding this Affin Bank account belonging to Rosmah. Although the various transactions today have been electronic (as opposed to bags of cash) – and considerably less generous.
A number of RM2 ringgit and RM1 ringgit payments have been successfully paid into the account owned by Rosmah Mansor, using the details provided by our research.
The bank accepted the payments, thereby proving that the details provided tally with the records held by the bank.
The above transaction increased Rosmah Manor’s deposit in the bank from RM2 million by a further two ringgit!