The Castle That Got Adam Charged

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Adam Rosly pleaded not guilty to charges of giving falsified statements and documents to the MACC during investigations of his wealth.

  • Palatial ‘Disneyland castle’ lands Adam in trouble
  • Not guilty plea to charges of falsifying statements and documents to MACC
  • House allegedly worth RM7 million bought for RM1.2 million cash
  • Money claimed to be borrowed, from car sales, salaries and business earnings
  • At 29, a luxurious lifestyle with bungalows and expensive cars
  • Speculation of wealth from commissions being a ‘playmaker’

Ampang PKR Youth chief Datuk Adam Rosly pleaded not guilty to charges of giving falsified statements and documents to Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers during the investigation and interrogation of his wealth. Bail was set at RM300,000, and Adam was ordered to surrender his passport to the court.

Adam’s apparent wealth made the headlines after Red Shirts leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos questioned how the 28-year-old was able to own a castle-like bungalow in Ampang at such a young age. Jamal demonstrated outside the house and invited reporters to view it, even ferrying the media circus in a helicopter to take aerial shots.

Jamal had alleged that the property was valued at RM7 million. The MACC has seized the luxurious house which Adam allegedly bought with cash for RM1.2 million at an auction. He had only moved into the house two months earlier before Jamal’s query of his financial standing.

It was later revealed that Adam also has another double-storey bungalow in a gated community in Putrajaya and a fleet of luxury cars, including two Mercedes-Benzes, a BMW, a Mini Cooper and a Range Rover. Previously, Adam had not been shy about sharing his high-flying lifestyle on social media, posting pictures of driving his Benz, enjoying a lobster meal and showing his second home.

Adam claimed that he made his money through successful business ventures and family inheritance. He said his Datukship from Pahang was for his contributions to several projects in the state. It is said that he has funded welfare programmes in the community

The Malay Mail reported today that the assertion in the charge sheet against Adam stated that he bought his mansion in Ampang using mostly borrowed money. Among others, Adam alleged RM100,000 were borrowed from his mother-in-law, another RM100,000 from his late grandmother, RM400,000 from an ‘Along Leo’ and RM100,000 from a ‘Ben’. He also declared that RM250,000 was attributed to proceeds from car sales and from salaries, while another RM250,000 was from business earnings. Apparently, he bought the house with cash as he could not secure a mortgage because the building did not possess a certificate of fitness or planning approval.

On Nov 17 last year, Umno Youth executive councillor Armand Azha Abu Hanifah alleged that Adam acquired his wealth through being an intermediary for PKR’s Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin and the Selangor government in landing projects in the state. Armand claimed to have received information that Adam was a ‘playmaker’ who was allegedly paid commissions in his handling of sand-mining projects in Selangor.

The house that started Adam’s woes sticks out like a sore thumb among the modest dwellings in the neighbourhood. Descriptions range from ‘grand’ to ‘over the top’, with comparisons made to a Disneyland castle, a Legoland model and even a palace. The mishmash architecture features three prominent conical roofs, six Astro dishes on the roof, and an outdoor entertaining area on part of the second-floor roof.

Adam’s house is now as infamous as the Balinese palace in Shah Alam – the one with 21 bathrooms, 16 bedrooms, a bowling room and a two-hole golf lawn – and the undervalued bungalow without a pool in Penang.