Jamaludin Jarjis’ children strike out grandmother’s suit

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Two children of the late Tan Sri Jamaludin Jarjis today successfully struck out the suit filed by their grandmother regarding the distribution of their late father’s RM2.29 million in cash, kept in local and foreign bank accounts.

High Court Judge, Hayatul Akmal Abdul Aziz, allowed the application of Nur Anis Jamaludin, 37, and Ikhwan Hafiz, 35, as defendants, to strike out the suit of Aminah Abdullah, 88, who is the mother of the late Jamaludin, in the proceedings held online today.

Judge Hayatul Akmal allowed the siblings’ application on the grounds that the suit cannot be maintained, based on the legal principle of res judicata, because the same facts presented in separate cases have already been heard and decided by the High Court.

The court also ruled that the suit was oppressive to both defendants, and was an abuse of the court process.

Therefore, Judge Hayatul Akmal ordered Aminah, as the plaintiff, to pay costs of RM15,000 to each defendant within 14 days.

The matter was confirmed by lawyer K Shanmuga, who represented Nur Anis and Ikhwan Hafiz, and lawyer Wan Zafran Pawancheek, who represented Aminah.

Based on the statement of claim filed on May 31 last year, Aminah claimed that her two grandchildren, as joint administrators of Jamaluddin’s estate, have control over money amounting to RM21.3 million in the accounts of Jamaludin in local and foreign banks.

Aminah claimed that, as Jamaluddin’s mother, she was entitled to one-sixth of the amount deposited in the account, namely RM2.29 million, based on the faraid (Islamic law to determine the distribution of assets) system.

On August 13 last year, the High Court in Kuala Lumpur granted Aminah’s application to include three million units of Rantai Wawasan Sdn Bhd company shares in the list of the late Jamaludin’s estate.

However, Judge Datuk Seri Mohd Firuz Jaffril rejected Aminah’s application for a declaration that the six million units of shares in the company Alpine Motion Sdn Bhd, and two units of shares in the company Ivory Insight Sdn Bhd were part of her late son’s estate.

Jamaludin, a former science, technology and innovation minister was killed in a helicopter crash that also killed five others in April 2015.