PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – A day after Najib Tun Razak’s daughter complained about having her personal bank account frozen, three other children of Malaysia’s former prime minister are also said to have suffered a similar fate.
Datuk Lokman Noor Adam, the president of the pro-Umno NGO Pemantau Malaysia Baru (New Malaysia Monitor) said he was informed that the accounts of Ms Nooryana Najwa Najib along with Mr Mohd Norashman Najib, Mr Mohd Nizar Najib and Ms Puteri Norlisa Najib were frozen by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
The accounts were frozen in relation to the investigation into Najib’s involvement in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal.
Later, Mr Lokman lodged two police reports. The first was against Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for constantly making baseless accusations against Najib from 2015 to 2018, claiming that the latter had stolen RM2.6 billion in funds from 1MDB.
The second is against MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull for freezing more than 400 bank accounts, including that of Najib’s immediate family.
Najib on Wednesday (July 4) claimed trial to three counts of criminal breach of trust and another charge of abuse of power involving RM42 million linked to SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former subsidiary of 1MDB.
“This is inhumane, and what makes things worse is that I was told that Puteri Norlisa is not well and needs access to her account to pay for her medical treatment,” said Mr Lokman, who is also an Umno supreme council member.
In a Facebook page posting which Utusan Malaysia reported on Thursday, Mr Mohd Nizar lamented about the difficulties he now faces.
“The accounts of my younger siblings and me (sic) have been frozen. Cannot even pay bills,” read the posting on Thursday, a day after Najib was charged.
The same day, Malaysiakini reported that Mr Mohd Norashman had his accounts frozen, while blog site The Third Force reported on Friday that the bank account of Ms Puteri Norlisa had also been frozen.
There was no immediate response from Najib’s aide and lawyer when contacted.
Najib and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor have two children, Nooryana Najwa and Mohd Norashman. He has three children from a previous marriage to Tengku Puteri Zainah Tengku Eskandar, Mohd Nizar, Mohd Nazifuddin and Puteri Norlisa.
Ms Rosmah also has two children from her previous marriage to Abdul Aziz Nong Chik, Riza and Azrene Soraya.
On Thursday, Ms Nooryana wrote on a closed Facebook group that her bank had informed her that it received instructions to freeze not only her account, but also her son’s account.
She wrote that her son’s bank account had RM100, which was from his first duit raya.
“What does my baby’s duit raya have to do with 1MDB? Is this the new Malaysia people were praying for?” Ms Nooryana added.
The MACC has, however, denied the claim that her son’s account was frozen.
In Putrajaya, Dr Mahathir said that Najib could go to court if he felt that the authorities were wrong in freezing the accounts of his family members.
Insisting that the move was not an act of revenge by the Pakatan Harapan Government, the Prime Minister pointed out that he was placed under the same situation previously but did not complain.
“What is there to take revenge? What he did before was much worse but we didn’t complain. My friends were driven away, they were not allowed to be acquainted with me. Their accounts were also frozen. But we didn’t complain,” he said.
“If this (freezing of accounts) is a wrongful act, then he can take it to court,” said Dr Mahathir who as chairman of Pakatan had earlier chaired its presidential council meeting.