Second wife sues for control of Naza empire

A general view of the NAZA World luxury car dealership in Petaling Jaya. — file picA general view of the NAZA World luxury car dealership in Petaling Jaya. — file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 3 — The second wife to the late Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin SM Amin, the founder of automobile giant Naza Group, and their five children filed a legal suit today to claim RM350 million and properties in Malaysia and England.

They are also suing for control of six companies now being held by Nasimuddin’s first wife and their five children.

The companies are Naza Kia Sdn Bhd, Naza Automotif Manufacturing Sdn Bhd, Nasim Sdn Bhd, Naza Motor Trading Sdn Bhd, Naza TTDI Sdn Bhd and NZ Wheels Sdn Bhd.

The suit was filed by Rokiah Abdullah, 53, and her children Sharifah Roslina, 26, Mohd Azli, 25, Sharifah Rosnani, 24, Sheikh Mohamad Azrul, 21, and Sharifah Sofia, through the law firm of Jamil Mohamed Shafie & Associates at the High Court here today.

Named in the suit as defendants were Nasimuddin’s estate, his first wife Puan Sri Zaleha Ismail, 57, and her children, Datuk Faisal, 31, Nur Diana, 28, Sheikh Mohd Nasarudin, 26, Sheikh Mohd Faliq, 25, and Nur Nadia, 24.

Naza Kia, Naza Automotif Manufacturing, Nasim, Naza Motor Trading, Naza TTDI, NZ Wheels, Ekspedisi Nikmat Sdn Bhd and CIMB Trustee Berhad were named as the rest of the defendants.

Besides the sum of RM350 million, the plaintiffs are demanding Zaleha, her children and CIMB Trustee declare all assets, movable and immovable property in the country and overseas, that was owned by Nasimuddin from May 1, 2008 until now. 

The plaintiffs are also claiming interest in the companies, assets and properties of Nasimuddin in Malaysia and in England.

They also want Ekspedisi Nikmat to hand over details of assets held in trust for Nasimuddin.

According to the statement of claim, the plaintiffs are claiming that while Nasimuddin was alive, he had promised to hand over Naza Kia, Naza Automotif Manufacturing, Nasim, Naza Motor Trading, Naza TTDI and NZ Wheels to them.

This was to ensure they could live independently, they claimed.

But they said that before control could be handed over, Nasimuddin died in the United States on May 1, 2008.

The plaintiffs are also claiming that before he died, Nasimuddin had told them his assets were worth more than RM3 billion and handed over to them details of the companies and properties he owned.

The properties include a few bungalow properties in Malaysia, five properties in London, a bungalow in Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as an apartment and a bungalow in Los Angeles, the US.

The plaintiffs claimed that Nasimuddin also told them that CIMB Trustee was the trustee of a significant portion of the movable and immovable assets, including shares in the companies.

They said that they had also been informed that Zaleha and her children had made an application in court through an originating summons to take control of Nasimuddin’s assets without naming the plaintiffs as legitimate heirs of the tycoon.

An uncle to the children of Nasimuddin’s first wife Rokiah had also filed an originating summons to take control of the assets without taking into account the interests of the plaintiffs.

The plaintiffs said they had asked Nasimuddin’s first wife and children to settle the issue of their rights.

On Jan 27, the defendants, through Akhberdin & Co, had sent a letter to them offering RM20 million as a final settlement for their claims without taking into account the intentions of Nasimuddin.

Through lawyers Radzuan Ibrahim & Co, the plaintiffs had requested for the case to be settled with a payment of RM350 million and for the control and assets of Naza Kia, Naza Automotif Manufacturing, Nasim, Naza Motor Trading, Naza TTDI and NZ Wheels to be handed over to them as promised by Nasimuddin to Mohd Azli, the second son of his second wife.

The plaintiffs also claimed that Nasimuddin had wanted Mohd Azli to complete his studies in automotive engineering, and the latter had done so.

They also demanded a temporary payment of RM20 million from Zaleha and her children through Ekspedisi Nikmat and for the balance of their claims to be made after trial.


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