Former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin’s wife Toh Puan Na’imah Abdul Khalid maintains that the charge levelled against her in court on Tuesday (Jan 23) is politically motivated.
“The real crime is the coordinated plot to tarnish my husband’s reputation and exact political revenge and retribution against him and our family.
“The real crime is the emasculation and manipulation of key national institutions such as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) as weapons in a political vendetta.
“The real crime is vengefully pursuing old political rivals, who hold no power now, with baseless charges while the economy stagnates, reforms are abandoned and the country is forlorn,” she said.
Earlier, The 67-year-old claimed trial at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court to a charge under anti-graft law of failure to declare assets.
According to the charge sheet, she had intentionally given a written statement under oath that did not comply with the terms of notice under Section 36(1) (b) of the MACC Act 2009.
Na’imah allegedly did not declare assets as stated in Appendix A, which includes two companies: Ilham Tower Sdn Bhd and Ilham Baru Sdn Bhd, two Mercedes-Benz vehicles and eight properties, namely Menara Ilham in Jalan Binjai, a house in Persiaran Bukit Tunku, four lots in Bukit Tunku, one lot in Penang and a house in Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
Na’imah also directly addressed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in her prepared media statement.
“Finally, I say to this to you, Anwar Ibrahim, that power is brief and there is always a reckoning for those who abuse it.
“As the Bard whom you often quote says, ‘Man, proud man, Drest in a little brief authority’,” she said, referring to English playwright and poet William Shakespeare.
“The rest, you know,” she said.
Asked why her statement carried a message addressed to Anwar, Na’imah replied: “Well, I think it’s obvious, thank you very much”.
Asked if she was concerned that her children with Daim might be charged, Na’imah said that it “has been a long day” and she just wanted to give her press statement.
“I would like to go back to the hospital because my husband is there and I need to be there,” she said.
When asked how Daim was doing health-wise, she replied that it was personal information.
“I would not like to share personal medical information,” she said.
Na’imah will face a maximum five-year jail term and a maximum fine of RM100,000 if convicted.
Judge Azura Alwi ordered for Na’imah’s bail to be at RM250,000 with one surety, and also ordered for her to surrender her passport to the court until the end of her trial.
The court set March 22 for case mention.
The prosecution today included deputy public prosecutors Ahmad Feisal Mohd Azmi, Mohamad Fadhly Mohd Zamry and Maziah Mohaide.
Na’imah’s legal team today included former solicitor-general II Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden, Md Yunos Shariff, Alex Tan Chie Sian, Cheah Kha Mun and M Puravalen.