The 1MDB financial scandal put Malaysia on the world map for all the wrong reasons. The scandal involved billions of dollars and left the country with a debt that will probably take generations to make back up. One of the most frustrating aspects of the case was Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s designer handbag collection that as you’d expect, was seized during the raids on the house she shared with former PM Najib Tun Razak.
Yesterday, it was reported that the handbags, worth millions of Ringgit, were pretty much destroyed due to the “careless” handling of the items by the cops. The lawyer representing Rosmah is none other than Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, the same man who made the case that Najib Tun Razak is in actuality, a victim of the 1MDB scandal.
With that in mind, and the fact that Shafee himself is also on trial for money laundering and tax evasion, is it really all that surprising that he argues that the government should be responsible to pay for the “millions of dollars” in damage or at least replace the products? The audacity of the man!
Asking the government to compensate Rosmah for handbags that she allegedly bought with the billions of Ringgit her husband siphoned off the Malaysian people is just plain ridiculous. Rosmah’s team is effectively asking Malaysian tax payers to pay for her handbags.. again. I can’t even brain this right now.
It is claimed the items seized were worth over RM680 million which among them included jewelry, cash and handbags. Rosmah herself once addressed how she’s managed to amass such an expensive collection and unsurprisingly, her reasons are a complete joke.
In her 2013 autobiography, Rosmah not only claims to have started saving money since young, but also that she earned “millions” from the sale of the one album she made. Here’s a taste of Rosmah’s talent for those of you who’ve never heard her sing:
Now that you’ve heard her beautiful singing voice, it should come as no surprise that the “millions” she made from the sale of her album all came out of the pockets of government ministers.
With the recent acquittals of two high profile members of the previous BN government, the worry here is that Najib and his beloved wife walk away scot free. For now, a July 28 verdict has been set by the judge so we’ll just have to wait and see.