PETALING JAYA: Rosmah Mansor, wife of the former prime minister, is staying relaxed amid police searches of her home and family residences in a continuing investigation into the affairs of 1MDB.
In a media interview, she said she looked forward to returning to a normal life with her family.
“We are taking it quite well. I think we’re quite relaxed, being a family of politicians. This is just one of those trials and tribulations, hazards of being in politics,” she was quoted as saying.
“It’s another life, but I’m not complaining. I’m not asking for this kind of life, but it’s a much more relaxed life when I can do my thing. When I feel like sleeping, I can sleep. When I feel like waking up, I can wake up.
“But I would like this to be over as soon as possible, because we want to move on with our lives,” she told the Malay Mail newspaper.
Rosmah has been at the centre of public criticism on social media for years and the subject of news reports about her lifestyle. Last week, a police search of three apartments in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, made headlines when the federal commercial crime unit reported seizing close to 300 cartons of luxury handbags and 72 pieces of luggage containing cash.
Her husband, Najib Razak, said in a media interview that many items seized were gifts from friends and that cash found was meant as political donations for the Barisan Nasional campaign in the recent general election.
The Barisan Nasional lost power to the Pakatan Harapan coalition, whose chairman, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad ordered that investigations be reopened into financial transactions of government-owned 1Malaysia Development Berhad and SRC International.
In yesterday’s interview, Rosmah asked that she and her family be treated by police with the same courtesy accorded to fellow Malaysians.
“I can take all those pre-dawn raids. I understand,” she said. “I believe that a person is innocent until proven guilty. Otherwise, we have to be treated like normal human beings. The right to dignity.”
She was accompanied by her lawyers, Geethan Ram Vincent and M Puravalen throughout the interview, together with several close aides.
Yesterday, a statement was issued urging the police to stop the leaks on social media of photographs showing personal details of the cartons seized by police. Najib also issued a statement urging that the police conduct themselves professionally.