Who’s Who in Civil Forfeiture Lawsuit Against Najib and Assocs

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The Attorney-General’s Chambers filed a civil forfeiture notice against former premier Najib Abdul Razak, his wife Rosmah Mansor and their children Riza Aziz, Nor Ashman, and Nooryana Najwa.

Besides them, 13 others were also named. A similar notice was also filed against a firm linked to a Najib associate, bringing the total of those the government is seeking to seize properties and items from to 19.

Apart from the ex-prime minister’s family, who are already well-known, Malaysiakini takes a closer look at others mentioned in the notice.

1. Mohd Kyizzad Mesran

He was formerly an officer with the Prime Minister’s Department at the asset management section. Beyond this, nothing much is known about him.

2. Senijauhar Sdn Bhd

Senijauhar Sdn Bhd is a company with links to Johor Umno.

According to the Companies Commission of Malaysia, the directors are Johor Umno chief Hasni Mohamad, Kluang Umno chief Md Jais Sarday and Semarang assemblyperson Samsolbari Jamali.

When contacted, Hasni said the company was formed to manage Johor Umno’s assets, including 27 Nissan Urvan vehicles which were seized by the authorities last year.

The vans were used by the state Wanita Umno’s Skuad Sayang.

He said the company has yet to receive the forfeiture notice for the vans.

3. Aiman Ruslan

Details are scant except that she was a former officer with the Selangor Islamic Department (Jais).

The Edge, citing the forfeiture notice, said a Nissan X-Trail 4WD vehicle registered to her was seized on Aug 13, 2018.

It is unclear how she is linked to Najib.

4. Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia

Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia was a foundation Najib chaired, which listed its goals as helping underprivileged Malaysians through education and sports.

According to the forfeiture notice, RM6.87 million was seized from the foundation on Aug 16 last year.

The Wall Street Journal previously reported that Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia was used to receive millions in donations from the Genting Group in return for 1MDB buying the group’s power assets at inflated prices.

The report said this was an indirect means for 1MDB to channel funds for the general election.

5. Yayasan Semesta

According to the forfeiture notice, RM4,757.02 had been seized from Yayasan Semesta’s bank account in Petaling Jaya on Jan 17 this year.

There is a Yayasan Semesta (Berdaftar) registered in Petaling Jaya that operates out of a local mosque. It is unclear how the foundation is linked to Najib.

6. Yayasan Mustika Kasih

The forfeiture notice stated that RM100,000 was seized from Yayasan Mustika Kasih on Jan 17 this year.

The foundation previously collaborated with the government and another foundation to help people perform the umrah (minor pilgrimage).

It is not clear how this foundation is linked to Najib.

7. Rembulan Kembara Sdn Bhd

The company was formerly known as Goldfin Group Sdn Bhd and is based in Penang.

As Goldfin Group, it was among several private companies that contributed to an International Children’s Wellbeing Fund launched by Rosmah in February 2013.

The fund was set up following her trip to Gaza.

This appears to be the only public link between the company and Najib.

The forfeiture notice revealed that RM35,510 had been seized from Rembulan Kembara’s bank account on March 11 this year.

8. Goh Gaik Ewe

Goh is fugitive businessperson Jho Low’s mother. The family’s bungalow in Penang was among the properties listed in the forfeiture notice. RM852,515 was also seized from her accounts.

9. Roger Ng Chong Hwa

Better known as Roger Ng, the former Goldman Sachs banker is an alleged accomplice to Low.

He has been extradited to the US to face money laundering charges.

RM1.45 million had been seized from his bank accounts on March 11 this year.

10. Lim Hwee Bin

Lim is Ng’s wife. According to Bloomberg, investigators were looking into a US$17.5 million transfer to her, shortly after the 1MDB bond sale in May 2012.

RM429,234 was seized from her accounts this year.

11. Kee Kok Thiam

According to The Edge, Kee had been assigned by SRC International’s CEO Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil to place cash deposits into Najib’s AmBank accounts.

He had also been contacted by Low to help arrange VIP treatment for Nawaf Obaid, brother of Tarek Obaid of PetroSaudi International.

RM1.52 million was seized from his accounts on May 11 this year.

12. Tan Vern Tact

Tan was an executive director at Utama Banking Group Bhd (UBG) and non-executive director at Loh & Loh and Putrajaya Perdana. These companies are linked to Low.

RM6.44 million was seized from his accounts on May 11 this year.

13. Geh Choh Hun

Geh was a close confidant of Low. He chaired the 1Malaysia Welfare Club of Penang, which was active in organising dinners and distributing cash donations to several organisations, including NGOs and three local Chinese media groups, during the 2013 general election.

Low Chia Ming/Malaysiakini

RM133,388 were seized from his accounts on May 11 this year.

14: Obyu Holding Sdn Bhd

Obyu Holdings is owned by Bustari Yusof, the brother of former works minister Fadillah Yusof. Bustari is a close confidante of Najib,

Norman Goh/Malaysiakini

According to Bernama, the AG Chambers is seeking to forfeit from Obyu Holdings 11,900 pieces of jewellery, 401 watches, 16 watch accessories, 306 handbags, 234 eyeglasses, a property in Kuala Lumpur, and cash worth RM114.16 million in various currencies. – Malaysiakini


Earlier report: May 8, Government Moves to Forfeit RM711M Worth of Luxury Items Seized from Najib, Rosmah