KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) have applied to strike out a civil action filed by former Cabinet minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim against him and two others.
Najib’s lawyer Nor Hazira Abu Haiyan said that the Prime Minister was applying to strike out the civil action on grounds that Zaid has no legal standing to bring the action against her client.
“We are saying he can’t represent the citizens and taxpayers of Malaysia,” she said when contacted by The Star.
Zaid had sued the Prime Minister, 1MDB and two others in a representative action, claiming that he had initiated legal proceedings on behalf of all Malaysian citizens and taxpayers.
In his statement of claim, Zaid had named Najib, 1MDB, the Malaysian Government and the prime minister’s stepson, Riza Shariz Abdul Aziz as defendants.
He is seeking an order from the court directing Najib to pay back RM42mil to the Government over his alleged breach of duty as a trustee when the sum was paid into his personal bank account.
Meanwhile, Zaid’s lawyer Amarjit Singh said that High Court deputy registrar Nurul Ain Hamzah has set April 25 for the hearing of the striking-out application.
Speaking after proceedings in chambers, Amarjit said that 1MDB had filed the application on the grounds that there was no reasonable cause of action and because the suit is frivolous, vexatious and an abuse of court process.
He said that all parties have been ordered to file their submissions by April 4 for the hearing proper.