（27 June 2018）The former prime minister maintains that most of the items were gifts during his long political career. He also claimed that Rosmah herself was surprised with the number of items mentioned as well.
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has claimed that he is not aware of the extent of his wife’s collection of jewellery and other items, stating that he is like any husband in that respect.
He said the reported value from the raid had left his wife, Rosmah Mansor, 「surprised」 and in disbelief.
「I think the valuation… She doesn』t believe it will come up to that amount.」
Najib said a large part of the jewellery seized was not legally owned by Rosmah. He said some of the jewellery belonged to their daughter, Nooryana Najwa, her Kazakh husband and mother-in-law. And had nothing to do with 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
In an exclusive interview with Malaysiakini on Wednesday, the former premier said the valuation of the items, in particular the jewellery - which number over 12,000 pieces - seized from the six residences linked to him are subjective and unrealistic. In the interview, he claimed that the jewellers who had sent the items for viewing have now written in to legally claim back their items.
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Some of the items were also owned by jewellers who had sent them 「for viewing」 and these had to be returned, Najib said.
「It depends on the source of the stones, it depends when they were gifted or when they were purchased. Valuation can tend to differ.
「So let us not get too excited about it. Let us look at the items, every single item, and we hope to have a chance to examine these items. And (then) we can come to a conclusion on the source of the items and get an explanation on the items seized by the police,」 said Najib.
According to the former PM, he was given an incomplete list with vague descriptions, which lacked photographs of the seized items.
Najib explained that some of the items received were gifts accumulated during his four-decade career in politics.
「If the gifts are given to you by other heads of state, like on occasions like your birthday and not expecting anything in return, it is not illegal.
「But what I do know is that over the years as head of government, we have been gifted with a lot of items by foreign leaders as well as personal friends.
「I do know that under the law it is not illegal to receive gifts. These gifts were accumulated over decades.」
Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Datuk Seri Amar Singh told a press conference on Wednesday that it took police from May 21 to June 25 to ascertain the value of the cash and items seized.
With cash and items seized amounting to between RM900mil and RM1.1bil, Amar has said that this was the biggest seizure in Malaysian history.