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Dr M: Action against Rosmah nothing to do with revenge


PUTRAJAYA: The arrest of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on Wednesday was done in accordance with the law and has nothing to do with revenge, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Dr Mahathir said no individual is above the law.

“This has absolutely nothing to do with revenge. The law says that if you take or steal money, you can be charged in court.

“Whether the court agrees or not, that is another matter,” he said after attending the 3rd Asean Ministers’ Meeting on Disaster Management here.

Rosmah, who is the wife of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, was arrested on Wednesday after she went to the MACC to give her statement on the commission’s investigat­ion.

She was charged in court yesterday under the Anti-Money Laundering Anti-Terrorism Financing And Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

On Wednesday night, Rosmah’s daughter, Nooryana Najwa, took to Instagram to express her dismay at her mother’s arrest.

She took exception to the authoritie­s’ action against her parents, as well as her grandmothe­r.

“I can accept taking action against a man who was in power, but putting the women in his life in harm’s way is going too far,” Nooryana wrote.

“Two weeks ago, you raided his mother’s house, and today, you remand his wife and plan on charging her the same day her husband is due (to appear) in court. I suppose tomorrow makes for a great picture and media circus.”

Nooryana was referring to the police having inspected the home of Najib’s mother, Tun Rahah Mohd Noah on Sept 20, in which Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said was done based on the needs of an ongoing investigat­ion.

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