Nooryana Najwa, daughter of former Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, has been active on Facebook of late, sharing not only her libertarian-inclined ennui at having to cough up unpaid taxes for sundry “gifts,” but also her thoughts on Malaysia’s governing foundations – we think?
Where to begin?!
Taking to her Facebook page yesterday, Nooryana Najwa lamented that the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) is demanding RM10.3 million (US$2,448,914.70) in taxes unpaid between 2011 and 2017.
Malaysia’s IRB is run by the Ministry of Finance, and we’d like to take this time to remind you that between 2008 and 2018, Nooryana’s father, Najib Razak, was both PM and — you guessed it — Minister of Finance.
We digress! Nooryana began her lengthy post claiming: “The government is hell-bent on going against my entire family.”
And if you’re new to the tragicomic world that is the Malaysian political arena, we’ll remind you that there’s a reason the government might be focusing on Nooryana’s family. Hint: It has something to do with the 70 criminal charges they’ve collected between them.
Her father, Najib Razak, is currently on trial for more than 40 charges pertaining to accusations of graft during his tenure as PM, specifically the 1MDB financial scandal. Her mother, Rosmah Mansor, is facing 19 charges of her own raging from money laundering to two counts of bribery. She’s also being sued by a Lebanese jeweler who is claiming that not all of the pieces passed to Rosmah for alleged viewing and buying have made their way into police custody.
Oh, and her older half-brother, Riza Aziz, aka producer of the Hollywood film The Wolf of Wall Street was charged in July with illegally receiving almost $250 million from state fund 1MDB.
But back to these taxes! Nooryana is claiming that she has spent the bulk of her lifetime studying, with a short stint working overseas, and has “never bid for, nor received any government contracts of any sort.”
Weird flex, but OK. Neither have we!
She is claiming that all of her wealth can be traced back to her husband Daniyar Kessibayev’s family, who not only purchased her home directly “using their funds from abroad,” but whose money transfers are the basis of the “income” that mean old tax man is now demanding.
The Malaysian government is alleging that Nooryana should have submitted an individual income tax return form to the IRB for those in-flows of cash.
She then clarifies that her husband, along with his family, have been “independently wealthy long before we met, and even before [her] mother-in-law was married to one of Kazakhstan’s richest tycoons for 10 years.”
Now we wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we weren’t obliged to let you know that by “one of Kazakhstan’s richest tycoons,” Nooryana means Bolat Nazarbayev, brother of the former president of Kazakhstan, previously stepdad to her hubby, and ex-husband of her mother-in-law, Maira Nazarbayeva.
Bolat claims mother and son swindled him out of a 4,000 square foot apartment at The Plaza in New York City. Value? A cool US$20 million.
Legal paperwork filed in a Manhattan court also alleges that Maira purchased about US$75 million worth of jewelry with money Bolat claims was his. Oh, and he claims his former stepson Daniyar is a high school drop out who later “scammed” his way into New York’s Columbia University.
Lawsuits just seem to follow these two respective families, as Maira was also the subject of another 2015 New York lawsuit, where she and son Daniyar were accused of procuring Hermes bags, and not paying for them. Plaintiff Samilor Enterprise said in the civil suit that the bags were later used as gifts in the wedding of Daniyar to Nooryana. Oops.
At the time, Samilor was seeking an outstanding US$400,000 for the seven bags. That’s right US$400k for SEVEN BAGS.
Birds of a feather, Birkins of a leather … Reader, you may remember that when residences belonging to the Najib Razak family were raided, hundreds of Birkin bags turned up. Lol. We told you this was a tragicomedy, didn’t we?
Nooryana is claiming that her “independently wealthy” husband (*cough*) and in-laws were simply bestowing gifts on the couple, and that she was “shocked and speechless at how blatant the government is abusing the laws.”
Now, keeping all of this in mind – the kind of wealth where you’re not only lucky enough to spend most of your adult life in school, but also rely on hand-outs from your husband’s rich parents, we’d like to draw your attention to another gem on Nooryana’s Facebook page.
You see, Nooryana’s not just about attacking the tax man, she also CARES, dammit!
After taking time out to spend with less fortunate children in Malaysia (a commendable thing), Nooryana shared photos, and this statement:
To be fair, if anyone has a good reason to mount a spirited case against meritocracy, it’s our favorite poor little rich girl.
Unless she’s being ironic? We can’t even tell anymore.
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