September 24, 2023

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Rosmah Mansor’s fate now in AG’s hands

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 25 – Only the Attorney-General Tommy Thomas now stands between Datuk Seri Rosmah Mansor and her arrest besides a date in court for her to face criminal charges.

This follows the official confirmation from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission that its investigation into the wife of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, on 20 criminal charges, mostly for money laundering, had been completed.

“Our investigation has been completed and the report has been submitted to the AG for the next move.

“The MACC is only responsible for carrying out the investigation and it is up to the AG whether to prosecute Rosmah or not,” MACC chief commissioner Mohd Shukri Abdull was quoted as saying by Bernama.

It was reported on Sept 18 that Rosmah had been under investigation over the past two years but no action had been taken until three months ago, following the fall of the Barisan Nasional government, led by Najib, in the 14th general election.

Rosmah was called up by the MACC in June and was questioned for about three hours, over allegations related to sources of funds connected to her husband.

The probe into SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former subsidiary of beleaguered 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), eventually saw Najib being charged with three counts of criminal breach of trust and one charge under the MACC Act 2009 involving some RM42 million. He pleaded not guilty.

RM1 million for anti-ageing cream

One of the charges that Rosmah was said to be facing was over the purchase of hormone-based anti-ageing products from the United States worth about RM1 million.

The MACC probe in June was said to have also been about funds from SRC being allegedly used to purchase the oral dietary supplements.

According to information found online, the product claims to boost energy levels, allow better sleep, increase sex drive, decrease body fat, increase lean muscle mass and enable better skin complexion.

Investigations had revealed that a cheque payment of more than RM1 million was made out to a “Datuk” doctor in February 2015 for the purchase of two sets of medication worth in excess of RM500,000 each.