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Tuesday September 24, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday September 24, 2013 MYT 7:38:17 AM
KOTA BARU: A Syariah High Court judge lectured the family of the late business tycoon Othman Razak to settle their disputes over the property and shares left behind because many companies have crumbled as a result of such tussles.
Judge Abu Bakar Abdullah Kutty advised one of Othman’s wife Habsah Yusof, 53, and his 14 children represented by one of them – Rosjuliena Abdul Razak – to settle the case quickly, if possible, to ensure that the companies under the late tycoon will continue to flourish.
“I sincerely feel many bumiputra companies have folded just because of dispute over assets.
“If these companies were to flourish, there will be more zakat (tithe) contributed to the poor and this is what Islam is all about,” he said.
Habsah, who is the plaintiff and represented by counsel Mustafa Kamal Mat Hasan in the case filed in 2009, is claiming for nine prime lots here worth RM6mil and shares from four companies amounting to RM2mil, including five luxury cars as her right from Rosjuliena and 14 others.
Abu Bakar also said that those having claims in the suit must give way to each other to ensure the court’s time is not wasted.
“What can be partly solved here should be agreed by all parties and it would save the court’s time and enable the business to continue,” he added.
Later, Abu Bakar, ordered half of the shares amounting to more than RM2mil to be partly liquidated and handed to the Amanah Raya (Trusteecompany) where distribution of the shares would be determined by Islamic Inheritance Law (Faraid).
He also ordered one of the luxury cars to be handed to Habsah and another to one of the defendants while another car is sold and the proceeds distributed evenly among both parties.
However, he said the other half of the shares including the disputed land claim will continue and set Feb 16 next year for hearing.
Rosjuliena and 14 others were represented by counsel Ahmad Fazlan Mustapha.
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