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January 10, 2014

Shahnaz: I didn’t know Hiley was wed to Bekir and Bekir owns 9 luxury cars, RM1.34bil shares

Hafiz Yatim

Shahnaz A Majid told the Kuala Lumpur Syariah High Court today that she did not know that her former husband, who is the Sarawak chief minister’s son, was married to an Australian woman in 1999.

Shahnaz, 50, during cross-examination by lawyer Saadiah Din representing Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib, was quizzed on whether she knew the woman called Louise Aida Hiley was her former husband’s wife.

Abu Bekir was said to have brought Hiley to his sister’s wedding in that year.

“I did not know it then, whether my husband was married before they attended the wedding.

“I have no knowledge of their wedding,” she said in reply to Saadiah.

Shahnaz had testified during examination-in-chief by her lawyers last year that she felt humiliated on seeing Abu Bekir bringing an Australian woman to her wedding and ignoring her, despite she being his legal wife.

Abu Bekir is also married to a Russian woman.

The witness also said that Hiley met her son Raden Murya when they (Shahnaz and her son) were in Singapore two or three years ago, and said at that time Hiley brought a child with her and suggested that Abu Bekir could have fathered the child.

“So they could have been married,” she replied.

Consulted the KL Syariah Court

Testifying in her mutaahproceeding (a gift for ex-wife after divorce), Shahnaz (right) also told the court that as they were living apart from 2001, she had sought consultation on her predicament at the KL Syariah Court between 2006 and 2007 and underwent counselling sessions.

She also told the court that she referred her predicament to a lawyer in 2003.

When asked by Saadiah whether both of them did not do anything to finalise the divorce, the witness disagreed.

“It is his responsibility also, as I have waited so long. We did discuss, but I do not want to engage much for fear of being accused as menderhaka (being unfaithful/treason) to him,” Shahnaz said.

The witness said that between 2001 and 2011, Abu Bekir would return and spend several hours at her present house in Bukit Damansara, and would disappear and come back months later to see their son.

When at the house, she said, he would switch on the television or take an afternoon nap and at most, he would spend five hours at her house.

Prior to staying in Bukit Damansara, she stayed at their matrimonial home in Wisma Mahmud in Demak Jaya.

Monthly payments stopped

Shahnaz, who is a sister to jazz queen Sheila Majid, also told the court that she received a monthly payment from her husband when they were living apart between 2001 and 2011.

However, she said the money stopped coming to her and her son in August 2011.

“From 2001 to 2006, I received RM7,000 monthly and from 2007 it was RM10,000, and from 2008 to August 2011 it was further increased to RM12,000.

“However, following our divorce in May 2011 and after myeddah (three months after divorce ended) that was in August, the payment stopped coming until today,” she said.

Shahnaz also told the court that she was an alternate director for Cahaya Mata Sarawak and several other companies, including Sarawak Securities, CMS Mezzanine Sdn Bhd, Sarawak Securities Unit Trust, and various subsidiaries with Sarawak Securities.

“I am still a director in Sarawak Capital (Sdn Bhd) along with my former husband, from 1994 till today,” she said.

Shahnaz also told the court that she has three cars as being a director of Sarawak Capital. These were a jeep, a Mercedes and a BMW S3 sports utility vehicle.

She also said between 2001 and 2011, she and her son spent a vacation, once in Turkey and in Damascus, with the expenses borne by Abu Bekir.

Saadiah appears with Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar while Shahnaz is represented by Akbardin Abdul Kader and Rafie Mohd Shafie.

‘Bekir owns 9 luxury cars, RM1.34bil shares’

The wife of Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib, the son of the Sarawak chief minister, stood her ground in the Kuala Lumpur Syariah High Court today that her former husband owns nine luxury cars and also owns or holds shares in 20 companies that are worth RM1.34 billion.Shahnaz A Majid, who was testifying in her RM100 million claim for mutaah (a gift for ex-wife after divorce), was asked by Bekir’s lawyer Saadiah Din as to how she knew that the assets or cars were owned by Bekir, to which she replied she hired someone to take the photographs.

“I also hired a renowned audit firm, Baker Tilly, to estimate the assets.

“I sat down with the representatives of the firm and they showed me each and every firm’s documents, which I verified that these were the companies he owns or has stakes in,” she said.

The table prepared, Shahnaz said, lists the net assets after liability had been deducted.

Although she did not state the figure of close to RM1.34 billion during the proceedings, the audit report, which was been tendered in court, stipulates this amount.

Shahnaz also said she asked her employee, Farah Nazli, to take pictures of her former husband’s nine luxury cars, which included a Bentley, a Lamborghini, a Ferrari and an Audi.



  1. He can make this case disappear if he wants to with his fathers money but of course he likes the negative publicity so why not stick around and let the ex wife work hard for the money this circus will entail?

    Comment by brian — January 11, 2014 @ 5:07 PM | Reply

  2. He is rich by any standard. Definitely he not happy. Can you be happy and be extremely rich simultaneously? This case answers it.

    Comment by sovereign — January 11, 2014 @ 3:50 AM | Reply

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