A KEY witness in a fraud trial arising from the Carrian scandal took his former employer, Bank Bumiputra Malaysia, to court yesterday to claim more than $2 million in unpaid benefits. Ibrahim Jaafar, who was suspended from his position as the bank's chief representative in Hong Kong in May 1985, gave evidence for the Crown in the 1986 trial after being granted immunity from prosecution. Jonathan Shaw, for Mr Jaafar, told the High Court Bank Bumiputra Malaysia had written to his client in October 1985 and agreed to grant him immunity from any claims arising from his position with the bank. In return, Mr Jaafar was to testify on its behalf in court proceedings. Mr Shaw said: 'It was expressly stated he would continue to be employed on the same terms and conditions as before and he fully complied with his undertakings under the immunity letter.' The court heard the bank terminated Mr Jaafar's employment in February 1991. He claims the bank has failed to pay him benefits due under contract between 1977 and 1991. These include payments for the rental of his flat, the provision of a car, a clothing allowance, air tickets for himself, his family and his staff, the cost of a domestic helper, an education allowance, telephone and pager rentals, and the cost of moving back to Malaysia. Mr Shaw said Mr Jaafar, employed by the bank in 1972, had been seconded to the bank's subsidiary, Bumiputra Malaysia Finance Hong Kong, in 1977. 'In 1983, the Carrian scandal surfaced which involved the most senior officers [of the firm],' he said. 'The plaintiff was not culpably involved but nevertheless offered to resign in August 1983. His resignation was not accepted.' In September 1984, Mr Jaafar was appointed the bank's chief representative in the territory. The hearing, before Mrs Justice Le Pichon, continues today.