Former prime minister Najib Razak has also applied for the temporary release of his passport to travel to Singapore, it is reported hours after the Kuala Lumpur High Court’s decision today allowing the release of passport for his wife, Rosmah Mansor, to visit her daughter who is expected to give birth to her second child in two weeks’ time.
Based on copies of documents obtained through the judicial system today, the former prime minister applied for his passport to be handed over to him temporarily beginning Oct 20 or as early as possible, until Nov 22, 2021.
Najib filed the notice of motion yesterday (Oct 14) through Messrs Shafee & Co to enable him to visit his pregnant daughter Nooryana Najwa, who is currently in Singapore.
In the notice, Najib applied for his passport to be handed over no later than Oct 20 to enable him to renew the document before leaving for Singapore on Nov 3.
In his affidavit of support, Najib said his daughter was now living in Singapore with her husband and four-year-old daughter.
“Apart from her husband and daughter, Nooryana has no other family members there to help and accompany her through the pregnancy until the birth.
“I am responsible for ensuring that Nooryana is well cared for and gets the support and treatment she needs as she had serious complications during the birth of her first child,” Najib said in the affidavit.
Najib said he was also not a flight risk as he had his family here, while his source of income and property were also in Malaysia.
“In addition, I am under bail of RM7 million and it is not a small amount. I have also attended all the trial dates set by the court prior to this,” he said.
Lawyer Rahmat Hazlan, who represented Najib, when contacted by reporters confirmed that the former prime minister had filed the application.
Checks on the online case management system revealed that the application will be heard in the Court of Appeal on Oct 18.
On July 28, 2020, Najib was found guilty of seven charges of criminal breach of trust, money laundering and abuse of power involving RM42 million in SRC International Sdn Bhd funds. The case is currently under appeal at the Court of Appeal.