On May 27, 2009, Tan Sri Ismee Ismail and Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi signed a deal arranged by AmInvestment Bank Bhd to raise RM5bil via the issuance of Islamic medium-term notes (IMTNs), despite being told not to do so by the Terengganu state government.
On July 31, 2009, the federal government took over Terengganu Investment Authority (TIA) and changed its name to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), four months after Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was made Prime Minister.
Shahrol, who was at the time the CEO of 1MDB, told his board of directors on Oct 10, 2009 that he went ahead with the RM5bil IMTN programme on the advice of the special adviser to TIA. Low Taek Jho, or better known as Jho Low (pic), was the special adviser to TIA.
The controversies surrounding 1MDB started from day one.
In a strange twist, the CEO of TIA went ahead with the deal three days later.
The CEO was immediately sacked by TIA, but a board of directors resolution signed by Ismee and Shahrol made sure that the fundraising exercise went through.
On May 29, TIA received RM4.385bil in net proceeds from IMTN from the full value of RM5bil, or RM87.92 for every RM100 as per AmBank recommendation.