JJ’s mom faces challenge in bid to transfer RM2.1 billion properties

Aminah Abdullah (left), the mother of the late Jamaluddin Jarjis.

KUALA LUMPUR: The mother of the late Jamaluddin Jarjis will face further legal obstacles in her attempt to obtain an inheritance certificate from the Shariah High Court, a lawyer said.

Kamar Ainiah Kamaruzaman, who is appearing for 84-year-old Aminah Abdullah, said five respondents – Jamaluddin’s widow and four children – had indicated that they would raise a preliminary objection.

“The respondents gave notice that they had already obtained the certificate two years ago and so Aminah’s application is irrelevant,” she told FMT after a case management today before a court deputy registrar.

The lawyer said a copy was given to Aminah only after she filed an application early this year.

Ainiah said the five – Dr Kalsom Ismail, 62, and her children Nur Anis, Ikhwan Hafiz, Nurul Aliyaa and Noor Adilla – would also raise jurisdictional issues that said the shariah court had no authority to hear company related matters.

She said during the case management, the deputy registrar also allowed the applications of the five to become respondents instead of being a mere intervener to Aminah’s application. The next case management is scheduled for Oct 15.

Last March, Aminah filed a suit to get the respondents to transfer properties reportedly belonging to the estate of Jamaluddin, the former Malaysian ambassador to the United States better known as JJ, after he was killed in a helicopter crash three years ago.

The moveable and immoveable properties, worth about RM2.1 billion, could then be distributed in accordance with Islamic law.

Under shariah laws, the mother gets one-sixth of the estate’s assets, the wife gets one-eighth and the remainder is shared among the children. Male children get double the share of female children.

Aminah is also questioning how her son could have allegedly given some of the wealth, which includes 19 companies, to his children.

Other properties include parcels of land purchased in Malaysia and abroad.

Ainiah said several attempts were made to resolve the inheritance dispute but none had succeeded.

It is learnt the respondents were only prepared to give Aminah a paltry sum from her son’s properties.

Jamaluddin was a confidant of former prime minister Najib Razak, and had served as chairman of the 1Malaysia People’s Housing Programme.

He was an Umno Supreme Council member, and the Rompin MP from 1990 until his death on April 4, 2015.