KUALA LUMPUR — June 27, 2018: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has described the value of the seizures especially jewellery quoted by police in investigations against him as subjective and unrealistic.
In an interview with the Malaysiakini news portal, Najib said the assessment was subjective because some of the precious stones seized were about 20 years old.
According to him, the value when the goods were purchased should also be taken into account.
“It depends on the source of a stone, it also depends when it was given as a present or when it was purchased. The valuation (for the goods) may change.
“So let’s not be too excited. Let’s see those items, every one of them.
“We hope there is a chance they will be evaluated and we can draw a conclusion on the source of the items and be able to get clarifications on the goods that the police had seized,” Najib said when interviewed at the portal office here today.
Federal police commercial CID director Datuk Seri Amar Singh Ishar Singh had revealed at a press conference that the value of the loot in the investigation amounted to between RM900 million and RM1.1 billion.
According to Amar Singh, eight teams were formed involving several branded goods specialists who took 36 days to calculate the value of 12,000 types of jewellery.
Commenting further, Najib said just like other husbands, he did not know comprehensively the number of jewellery collections owned by his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
He also said he was not given a full list of items seized during a raid at his house and three condominium units at the Pavillion Residences here last month.
“But what I know, over the years as the head of government, we are rewarded with various items by international leaders and personal friends.
“I know it’s not against the law to accept a gift. For example (Prime Minister) Tun Dr Mahathir (Mohamad) admitted that he received 40 horses from friend and he also openly used many of his friends’ corporate jets. So it is not against the law to receive presents,” remarked Najib. — Bernama