Najib gets temporary release of passport to visit daughter

PUTRAJAYA (BERNAMA) – The Court of Appeal has granted Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak temporary custody of his passport for him to visit his daughter Nooryana Najwa in Singapore, as she is expected to give birth to her second child in early November.

This decision was made by a three-member Bench led by Court of Appeal Judge Seri Kamaludin Md Said after the former premier applied to temporarily get back his international passport.

The other two judges on the Bench were Ravinthran Paramaguru and Abu Bakar Jais.

“The court finds the reason given for the application as reasonable. The court allows this application and the passport will be returned (to Najib),” said Judge Kamaludin. “What is the expiry date of Datuk Seri Najib’s passport?”

Najib’s counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah replied that his client had not seen his passport for some time but the passport was expected to expire soon.

Former Malaysian premier Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. PHOTO: BERNAMA

Earlier, Muhammad Shafee submitted that his client made an application for his international passport to be handed over to him temporarily beginning on October 20 or as early as possible, until November 22.

Muhammad Shafee said his client needs his passport earlier to enable him to renew his passport before leaving for Singapore on November 3 as he also needs to complete debate on the Budget 2022 on November 2.

“He will fly on November 3, and he needs to be under self-quarantine for 10 days in Singapore. He will return to Kuala Lumpur on November 20. The passport will be returned to court by me or my lawyers on November 22 as my client would be under self-quarantine once he returns from Singapore,” he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Fairuz Johari did not object to the application.

Najib attended today’s proceedings. On October 14, Najib filed the notice of motion through Messrs Shafee and Co to enable him to visit Nooryana Najwa, who is currently in Singapore with her husband and four-year-old daughter.

In the notice, Najib applied for his passport to be handed over no later than tomorrow to enable him to renew his passport before leaving for Singapore on November 3.

In his affidavit of support, Najib said his daughter, who is living in Singapore with her husband and daughter, has no other family members there to help and accompany her through the pregnancy until delivery.

As a father, Najib said, it is his responsibility to ensure that Nooryana Najwa is well cared for and gets the support and treatment she needs as she had serious complications during the birth of her first child.