Rosmah quizzed for 5 hours in SRC International probe

The wife of the former PM was greeted with a huge media frenzy, who had waited as early as 9am


The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) recorded the statement of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak, in a five-hour session yesterday.

Rosmah left the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya at about 3.45pm after giving her account on a dubious US$10.6 million (RM42.24 million) transfer from SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former unit of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), into Najib’s personal accounts.

In a statement issued by her lawyers Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent and Datuk K Kumaraendran, it said MACC officers have completed recording their client’s testimony.

“Rosmah gave her utmost co-operation during the process, and was treated well by the investigating officers. The long process went well. Our client will extend further cooperation as and when sought by the agency,” the statement read.

The 66-year-old arrived in a convoy of four private cars at 10.45am, accompanied by her daughter, Nooryana Najwa Najib, and Nooryana’s husband, Daniyar Kessibayev, the nephew of Kazakhstan Presi- dent Nursultan Nazarbayev.

She was greeted with a huge media frenzy, who had waited as early as 9am.

The inquest came two weeks after Najib was put to a similar probe on the matter. MACC had earlier issued a notice delivered to Rosmah and Najib’s residence at Jalan Langgak Duta on May 31, summoning her to be at its headquarters at 11am to give a statement.

Former MACC investigations and intelligence director Datuk Abdul Razak Idris reportedly said the questioning on Rosmah would be intense and thorough, with queries about her bank accounts and explanation on the source of cash and jewellery found by the police expected.

The attention has now shifted onto the spouse of the former PM after police raided two condominiums linked to Najib last month as part of an ongoing investigation into his involvement in the 1MDB affair.

The May 18 raid saw 284 boxes containing designer handbags with another 72 bags containing cash, jewellery and watches seized from the two luxury premises. Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Amar Singh said the cash was in 26 different currencies.

Najib has lodged a police report on the apartment raid, claiming the items seized were gifts from friends, while the cash was part of donations meant for Barisan Nasional’s election campaign.

He was first linked to the financial scandal at 1MDB after RM2.6 billion from the state fund was found in his personal accounts in 2015. He has denied any wrongdoing and said the funds were a donation from the Saudi royal family.

The newly elected Pakatan Harapan government has reopened investigations into the missing 1MDB funds and have vowed to recover the assets. 1MDB is also subjected to money-laundering probes in at least six countries including the US, Switzerland and Singapore.

Both Najib and Rosmah have been barred from leaving the country.