Shazryl fails to get his RM20 million
May 05, 2011KUALA LUMPUR, May 5 — Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah walked away empty-handed today after the High Court here dismissed his RM20 million suit against Merong Mahawangsa Sdn Bhd and its executive director Datuk Yahya A. Jalil over his role in the Johor crooked bridge deal.
Shazryl filed suit in January 2002 claiming breach of contract by Merong Mahawangsa and Yahya for failing to pay him RM20 million after he helped procured the rights to the Malaysia-Singapore International Gateway (SIG) bridge project.
Shazryl (picture) had earlier testified that in addition to approaching the late Tan Sri Megat Junid Megat Ayub for help, he had also helped Yahya gain access to then-Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Yahya admitted having a casual meeting with Anwar at the former minister’s house with Shazryl in 1998 but could not recollect discussing the bridge.
However, Yahya denied he had sought help from Shazryl and told the High Court that the plaintiff had voluntarily offered his services instead.
Yahya also did not agree that Shazryl had helped him in through letters to Anwar, Megat Junid and the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) on the SIG project.