TRX City confirms Gaik Kim is not related to Jho Low

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KUALA LUMPUR (July 10): TRX City Sdn Bhd, a company owned by the Ministry of Finance (MoF), which had sought verification from the National Registration Department, has confirmed that its Director of Secretarial & Compliance Goh Gaik Kim is not related to Low Taek Jho (Jho Low)’s mother Puan Sri Evelyn Goh Gaik Ewe.

“We regret that the unsubstantiated and irresponsible reporting by the media had led to further speculations and subsequent harassment of the individual,” said TRX City in a statement this evening.

Hence, TRX City wishes to state that the news reports and social media postings on Gaik Kim’s alleged links to fugitive businessman Jho Low are baseless and false.

In June, sources had revealed to The Edge Financial Daily that Gaik Kim is the younger sister of Jho Low’s mother.

Subsequently, a spokesperson for fugitive businessman Jho Low through his lead US attorneys, issued a statement to deny that Low is related to TRX City's company secretary Gaik Kim.

"There is no family relationship between Mr Low or any of his family members with the above-mentioned Goh Gaik Kim. It is disappointing that counsel has endeavoured to falsely implicate Mr Low’s family," the spokesperson said in the statement.

Gaik Kim’s name was brought up by defence counsel Harvinderjit Singh on June 11 during the trial regarding former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak alleged criminal breach of trust, abuse of power and money laundering involving RM42 million from SRC International.

In the cross-examination, Harviderjit asked the 39th witness, Tan Sri Ismee Ismail, who is the former chairman of SRC International, whether he was aware that one of SRC International's company secretaries, Gaik Kim, is the sister of Low's mother, Goh Gaik Ewe.

In response, Ismee told the Court that he was not aware of the relationship between Gaik Kim and Gaik Ewe.

Gaik Kim, who has been the company secretary of TRX City Sdn Bhd since end-March 2011. Checks revealed that she was also the company secretary of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), TRX City’s parent, after being appointed in end-March 2011 as well. However, channel check indicates that she likely left 1MDB in early April 2016, when Chen Kai Hong was appointed in her stead.