Daim, family seek judicial review to unfreeze assets

KUALA LUMPUR: Former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin and his family have filed an application for leave to commence a judicial review seeking to unfreeze their assets worth millions.

The application was filed through Messrs Zharif Nizamuddin at the High Court here on June 6.

Apart from Daim and his wife, Toh Puan Na’imah Abdul Khalid, the other applicants in the suit are Daim’s four children and 18 companies.

They named six respondents: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), its chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki, the government and two MACC officers.

In a supporting affidavit affirmed by Na’imah, she said the applicants have been negatively affected on a macro and micro scale due to the decisions, actions and words of the respondents, either directly, indirectly or through vicarious liability.

She said the respondents actions, including the freezing of their assets, were “on purpose” to show that the applicants were of a corrupt family who made their wealth by illegal means.

“I have been advised by my lawyer, and I verily believed that the decisions, actions and words of the MACC were for political collateral purposes,” she said.

Until today, Daim and his family have never been charged in court for money laundering offences, Na’imah said.

Among the reliefs they sought in the application was a court declaration that the freezing of assets was illegal as it had violated their constitutional right and that it (the freeze) was made with mala fide (bad intention).

They sought a mandamus order to quash the freeze order on their accounts, as well as general damages.

The application for leave has been fixed for hearing before Justice Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh today.

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