Court allows Jamaluddin Jarjis' children to amend defence statement

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KUALA LUMPUR (May 3): Two children of the late Datuk Seri Jamaluddin Jarjis have today been allowed by the High Court here to amend their statement of defence, with regard to a claim sought by their grandmother Aminah Abdullah against her grandchildren who hold RM1.3 billion of their father's estate in the form of company shares.

Justice Datuk Mohd Firuz Jaffril allowed the amendment as there has not been any objection to the application by Aminah's lawyer Pawancheek Merican.

Previously, it was reported that Jamaluddin's children Nur Anis and Ikwan Hafiz applied to amend their statement of defence to the suit filed by Aminah last month and today was fixed for the hearing.

Aminah, 84, filed her claim in January, where she sought a declaration from the court that she is the lawful mother and hence a beneficiary of the estate left by her son and thus she has interest in the shares.

She is claiming one sixth of the value of the shares from the estate according to the Islamic faraid system for estate distribution.

The shares are said to be:

  • three million Rantai Wawasan Sdn Bhd shares worth RM1.044 billion
  • six million Alpine Motion Sdn Bhd shares worth RM233 million, and
  • two Ivory Insights Sdn Bhd shares worth RM80 million.

In her statement of claim in the civil proceedings, Aminah said Rantai Wawasan is a management consultancy company which was formed in 1982, where in the 1990s, it was part of a three-member consortium to privatise Lembaga Kemajuan Tenggara.

The second company, Alpine Motion, is listed as an investment holding company formed in 2013, while Ivory Insights is another investment holding company.

Aminah in her statement of claim alleged that her late son was engaged in business when he set up an engineering consultancy firm J and A Associates and sometime in 1986, her son had taken ownership of EPE Power Sdn Bhd, which manufactures electrical and power equipment switch gears.

She further claimed that her two grandchildren had obtained letters of administration from Jamaluddin's estate two years ago.

Apart from the action in the civil court, Aminah filed a separate faraid claim last year at the Syariah High Court here to get one sixth of her son's RM2.1 billion estate. Besides the shares mentioned above, Jamaluddin is said to own properties in Mecca, the US, Klang Valley and Pahang.

Jamaluddin, formerly science, technology and innovation minister and ambassador to the US, died in a helicopter crash along with former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak's principal private secretary in April 2015.