The speculation that spread among public through bloggers and social media practitioners where YAB Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor had signed the cheque as Eric Tan and the speculation online came after a Singapore court heard that the often mentioned ‘Eric Tan Kim Loon’ is an alias for 1MDB-linked Penang-born businessman Jho Low.
Also, a photo circulated which was titled as “Big Momma sighted in Claremont Quarter in Perth (1) bodyguard and (2) personal maids tagging along.” This speculation however had been denied and a media statement has released to answer all the speculation.
The legal firm of Messrs Noor Hajran Mohd Noor is authorized by YAB Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor (hereinafter referred to as “the client”) to issue this media statement. 1. This is a general statement issued on behalf of the clients to the public pertaining to accusations and falsifications of facts made against YAB Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
1. Attention is drawn to a story carried by bloggers and social media postings recently.
2. The allegations are those pertaining to the innuendos made that ROSMAH WAS THE ONE WHO SIGNED THE CHEQUES AS ERIC TAN.
3. This media statement is issued in relation to the above cross-referenced with the Statement of Facts made by the Attorney General’s Chambers of Singapore dated 10 January 2017 pertaining to the case of Public Prosecutor Vs. Jens Fred Sturzenegger.
4. Throughout the statement of facts issued by the AG’s Chamber of Singapore there was nothing mentioned in the said statement indicative of the allegations made in the social media of the purported role played by YAB Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
5. These allegations are serious, intended to make representations, publishes imputations intending to harm or knowing or having reasons to believe that such imputations will harm the reputations and done with malicious intent to destroy and reduce the credibility of YAB Datin Seri Rosmah as the wife of the Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Dato Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak.
6. Further and in addition to the above, attention is also drawn to a photo circulated through social media with regards YAB Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor titled as “Big Momma sighted in Claremont Quarter in Perth (1) bodyguard and (2) personal maids tagging along.”
7. My client’s (unofficial) personal space was unduly encroached upon. Accusations of her friends being deemed as personal maids are totally disgusting, humiliating and embarrassing to the persons. Obviously signifying that the writer and/or blogger is void of any reliable facts and full knowledge with regards to the personal life of YAB Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
8. The allegation and incorrect statements made by bloggers and social media practitioners are less represented to the public at large which are designed to create and form opinions and judgments that are false and misleading.
9. Whether or not those statements are politically motivated it is regrettable to induce the opinion of the public to hate others based on lies and upon the misconception and the denial of true facts, creating something out of nothing.
10. There are decisions of the European Court of Human Rights which reiterated on the principles of freedom of expression. While the Court acknowledges the important benefits can be derived from the internet in the exercise of freedom of expression, it is also mindful that liability for defamatory or other type of unlawful speech must, in principle, be retained and constitute an effective remedy for violations of personality rights, on injuring a person honour and good name.
11. This is a general statement issued for and on behalf of YAB Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
The aim for the media statement by her lawyer is to make everything clear behind the photo and the speculation that spread. Regarding that media statement, some bloggers concluded that the name of “Eric Tan”, the beneficial owner of several 1MDB related bank accounts, appeared to be merely an alias for the mastermind behind the theft, Jho Low. Whatever it is, Malaysians deserve to know the truth behind all these dirty politics.
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