Mediation between JJ’s mother and widow over RM2.1 billion fails

Aminah Abdullah with her son Mohamed Najeb Ali at the Kuala Lumpur Shariah High Court in August 2018. With them is lawyer Kamar Ainiah Kamaruzaman.

KUALA LUMPUR: A mediation between the mother of the late Jamaluddin Jarjis and his widow over assets worth some RM2.1 billion left by the former Malaysian ambassador to the US has failed.

Lawyer Kamar Ainiah Kamaruzaman, who is appearing for 84-year-old Aminah Abdullah, said they were handed a copy of the application this morning before the mediation exercise.

“The mediation was conducted without the presence of lawyers but I was told any amicable solution fizzled out,” she told FMT.

Jamaluddin’s wife, Dr Kalsom Ismail, 62, had applied to get her share as jointly acquired matrimonial properties (harta sepencarian).

“Since the dispute could not be resolved, the matter will be mentioned before a court deputy registrar on Nov 14,” she said.

Ainiah said the court had also instructed them to reply to an affidavit filed by Kalsom and her four children on or before Nov 14.

Jamaluddin’s widow and their children – Nur Anis, Ikhwan Hafiz, Nurul Aliyaa and Noor Adilla – had raised a preliminary objection that Aminah could not apply to get a “sijil faraid”.

A copy was given to Aminah only after she filed an application early this year.

The five respondents had also given notice to Aminah that they would raise jurisdictional issues as the shariah court had no authority to hear company related matters.

In March, Aminah filed a suit to get the respondents to transfer properties reportedly belonging to the estate of Jamaluddin, 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.

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.