Source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/177658 (4.11.2011)
The Royal Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) has confirmed the existence of a RM24 million diamond ring which the prime minister's wife, Rosmah Mansor, was said to have purchased.
However, in a written reply to Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng in Parliament today, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz clarified that the ring was not sold after it was brought into the country. “The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Comission (MACC) has referred the matter to the JKDM and JKDM has confirmed that there was no such purchase of the ring. “After a few days, the ring was returned to the company which owns it," he said.
In July, former PKR central committee member Badrul Hisham Shaharin had claimed that a ring, 'Natural Fancy Gray Cushion Cut Diamond' priced at RM24,458,400 had been flown in via the KL international Airport. Producing a Customs Department information system printout, he said that the item was purchased through fine jewellery company Jacob & Co based in
Rosmah has vehemently denied the allegation, which she described as another series of “slanders” against her. “This is nothing funny, this is slander... what have I not experienced? I have experienced all,” she had said.
Despite the denial, opponents of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak have jumped on this and the issue has often been played up at political ceramah.
Whistleblower unhappy with reply on the 'Rosmah' ring
Source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/177696 (4.10.2011)
The explanation in Parliament on the RM24 million diamond ring brought into the country is unsatisfactory, as it does not explain the "mystery" surrounding its import, says former PKR central committee member Badrul Hisham Shaharin. “I am not satisfied (with the reply by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz); and it does not answer the mystery behind the ring,” said Badrul, who was the whistleblower in the ring that he alleges had been ordered by the prime minister's wife Rosmah Mansor.
Badrul, who heads a youth group called Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM), says the parliamentary reply proves that he has a case in lodging a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on Jul 13 to investigate the matter. “So MACC after this reply should have enough evidence to prove that the document (that I had furnished them) is authentic, otherwise they would not have questioned the cargo company officer A Krishnan till the wee hours of the morning in their investigation,” he said in an email today. SAMM and Badrul, who is also known by by blog name Chegubard, lodged a report with the MACC in
In a written reply to Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng in Parliament today, Nazri said that the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) has confirmed the existence of the controversial diamond ring. However, Nazri said the ring was not purchased after it was brought into the country, and added, “After a few days, the ring was returned to the company which owns it."
'Imelda of Malaysia'
Badrul pointed out that the Customs document also stated that the item was tax free, and demanded MACC to investigate the reason behind this. “Did Rosmah's husband - Najib - use his power as finance minister to obtain the tax-free status?” he had said at the time. He has likened Rosmah to the spendthrift former Filipino first lady Imelda Marcos, saying that such luxury living contradicted the fact that ordinary Malaysians were suffering from the rising cost of living.
“What about a bracelet worth RM1.65 million that was sold by the same company (
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