It would take 5 trucks to load an unbelievable amount of luxury handbags, jewellery and cash in what appears to be the biggest confiscation in the history of the country. Malaysia former Prime Minister Najib Razak is in such deep trouble that he had resorted to taking a photo with his aged mother, the widow of second Prime Minister Abdul Razak, to gain sympathy.
Mr. Najib who lost the 14th general election on May 9th had tried to flee under the pretext of spending time with family. But Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who is now in charge of the country for the second time after ruling the country from 1981 to 2003, knew all the tricks and had barred the corrupt Najib from leaving the country.
As locksmiths continue to crack open a stubborn safe in Najib’s house at Jalan Langgak Duta, Taman Duta, where the entrance and exit points were cordoned off days ago, the Royal Malaysia Police have a very successful catch of the day elsewhere. Luxury condominium – Pavilion Residences – has attracted curious onlookers since midnight.
The police operation, which concurrently have raided 6 premises since Wednesday around the capital of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya – including the Prime Minister’s Office – saw truck after truck being brought to the loading bay of Pavilion Residences. The luxury condominium was one of the three premises at the Pavilion Residences Apartment being “checked” by the police.
An eye-popping 284 boxes containing handbags, believed to be belonging to Rosmah Mansor, have been confiscated. During a press conference at the luxury condominium where the operation by Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) was carried out, its director Amar Singh has confirmed that Hermes Birkin is one of many luxurious brands of handbags being seized.
On top of the hundreds of designer handbags, the police was also flabbergasted at the total value of the seizures which also included 72 luggage and carrier bags of cash and jewellery stored in the condominium unit. Mr. Amar Singh said – “This is one of the three premises at the Pavilion Residences Apartment being checked by the CCID. We don’t have the details on the total amount. A lot!!”
While confirming the cash seized was of various currencies, the CCID director, however, refused to comment when asked if the jewellery includes gold bars. There are speculations that the safe in Najib’s residence probably contains gold bars and diamonds, including the 22-carat pink diamond necklace worth a staggering US$27 million bought using money stolen from 1MDB.
Two days ago, there were reports of government-owned trucks being misused to transport “mysterious boxes” to the same luxury condominium along Jalan Raja Chulan. Those boxes could be the same boxes of designer handbags being seized during the latest operation. What this means is Rosmah was desperately trying to hide her collection of Hermes Birkin handbags.
Najib’s taste for expensive watches included RM3.5 million Grisogono, RM120,000 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, RM165,000 Hublot Big Bang King Power Red Devils Manchester United, RM97,500 Harry Winston Project Z2 and RM50,000 Hublot BB Black Magic Black Ceramics (arguably his cheapest watch in his collection), among others.
Rosmah, on the other hand, has been seen wearing expensive watches such as RM2.03 million Roger Dubius Velvet Haute Joaillerie, RM1 million Jacob & Co. Mystery Diamond Baguette, RM648,000 Richard Mille, RM207,000 Chanel J12, RM188,000 Franck Muller Master Square 18K and RM101,000 Hublot Black Pink Bang, just to name a few.
Celebrity Victoria Beckham is said to own as many as 100 of Hermes Birkin handbags. She was perhaps the first celebrity to own the mega-expensive Hermès Birkin Himalayan crocodile handbag, before Kim Kardashian follows the footstep. Other celebrities – Pamela Anderson, Lady Gaga, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Julia Roberts – are some of Hermès Birkin fans.
But after the confiscation of Rosmah’s collection of Hermes Birkin handbags by the police, there’s a good chance that Malaysia’s former First Lady could snatch the title from celebrities as the biggest owner of Hermes. Selling at more than US$20,000 a pop for the cheapest range, Birkins are the most sought after bag in the world, due to its investment value.
Rosmah’s collection of designer handbags, on top of Hermes Birkin, are believed to be from Chanel, Versace, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Michael Kors, Dolce Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Loewe and Piana Clerico, among others. Designer watches of various brands, not to mention gems, stones and whatnot.
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At Least 12 Hermès Birkin Bags, Multiple Colours (Total: RM4.46 Million)
Hermès Birkin bags are notoriously known to be one of the most expensive handbags in the world. One particularly expensive Hermès Birkin created by Japanese designer Ginza Tanaka was said to cost USD1.9 million. That’s about RM7.5 million… for one bag. Why the exorbitant price? The bag is said to be made of 100% platinum and is adorned with 2,000 diamonds – including an eight-carat pear-shaped rock.
Another reason for their high cost is that they’re scarce to find, with only 200,000 bags in circulation around the world
Jamie Chua owns one of the largest Hermes bag collections in the world! – STILL CANNOT BEAT ROSMAH MANSOR 284 BOXES OF HANDBAGS!
She is said to own more than 200 Hermès bags, and even had to refurbish her closet to accommodate her growing collection!
Jamie Chua is regarded as the world’s biggest Hermes bag collector worth about £1.6M. Her very first Hermès was a Blue Jean Birkin bag with white stitches, worth more than £17,000, but now Jamie Chua, a former flight attendant boasts of more than 200 of such bags. A resident of Singapore the 42 year old mother-of-two is a socialite and skincare entrepreneur who hit the headlines when she married Indonesian multi-millionaire, Nurdian Cuaca after meeting him as he travelled in business class. And since they married she’s set about amassing an impressive collection of bags worth millions.
With prices starting at £8,000 for a Birkin, her collection is worth at least £1.6M and possibly much more, when rare pieces that can fetch up to £40,000 are taken into account. During their divorce in 2011 Jamie demanded more than £187,000 a month in maintenance payments and while the eventual settlement remains undisclosed, it’s enough to pay for luxuries such as refurbishing the walk-in closet where her collection of Hermes and Chanel bags reside.
The former couple share two children Cleveland, 21, and Calista, 17, but Jamie could easily pass for her daughter’s slightly older sister despite being in her 40s. She maintains her very youthful appearance by spending almost £8,000 on beauty treatments a month, including hair, nails, massages, facials and a cryosculpting treatment twice weekly to maintain her slim figure.
Jamie Chua’s love affair with Hermes bags began 15 years ago when she realized that the luxury item is the ultimate wealth symbol. With everyone suddenly lusting after it, it became really hard for her to lay hands on one. But she however feels that for her, it isn’t about what it symbolised but truly how user-friendly the bags are. According to her, “Even until today, I still find that the Birkin or the Kelly suits my lifestyle the best. They fit the stuff I need for a day, and it’s really easy to find my things in them.”
Chua, a former Singapore Airlines stewardess, was previously married to Indonesian businessman Nurdian Cuaca.
The couple were married for more than 15 years before they filed for divorce in February 2010 citing ‘unreasonable behaviour’.
During her high-profile divorce, Chua made headlines when she asked for a $450,000 monthly maintenance sum from her ex-husband. The maintenance sum was said to be the largest ever recorded in a divorce case in Singapore.
To justify the $450,000 monthly maintenance amount, Chua had to show a breakdown of her monthly expenses. The expense sheet recorded stays at luxury hotels, shopping trips in Europe and blowing $20,000 on first-class air tickets, reported The Straits Times in 2011. Personal expenses such as beauty treatments like manicures and visits to the hair salons can also came up to $3,000 or $4,000 every month. Chua sought the amount based on the standards of living she enjoyed with her then-husband. The divorce was settled amicably in November 2011, said The Straits Times, to confidential terms. The two Manolo Blahnik boutiques which she opened at Hilton Hotel and Marina Bay Sands were wound down during the divorce proceedings.
What are her favorites from her famous collection?
The 44-year-old beauty mogul said, “The Himalayan Birkin and Kelly are my top holy grail bags if I had to pick!”
As seen in the video, Jamie owns three styles of the Himalayan line.
EVEN Victoria Beckham’s Hermès Collection CANNOT BE COMPARED WITH THOSE OWN BY ROSMAH
Hermès is one of the most recognizable brands around the world. With bags ranging from just a couple thousand dollars to over $200,000, Hermès bags are huge investments. Simply getting your hands on a Hermès bag requires being placed on a waiting list for several years.
However, for the elite and famous, Hermès makes an exception. Numerous celebrities have been spotted wearing Birkin and Kelly bags all over the world. While many celebs own a Hermès bag or two, very few of them can compete with Victoria Beckham’s Hermès collection.
The ex Spice Girl has one of the largest Hermès bag collections in the world with over 100 bags by the brand. In fact, her collection is so valuable, that she has over $2 million dollars worth of Hermès bags in her wardrobe. With bags made from exotic crocodile skins and luxurious ostrich, she definitely doesn’t settle for the basic bags. Victoria Beckham has been spotted on numerous occasions carrying bags well worth over $50,000 each.
Here is Victoria Beckham spotted with just some of the numerous Hermès bags in her collection:
Victoria Beckham Wearing Hermes Birkin
This Ostrich leather Birkin featured in pink is one of her more expensive Hermès bags. Worth over $150,000, this particular bag is matched with her all pink outfit to perfection. She definitely knows how to match a Birkin for any occasion.
JAMIE CHUA & VICTORIA BECKHAM VS ROSMAH MANSOR 284 BOXES UP TO 5 LORRY TRUCKS – Takes More Than20-Hour-Long Raid in Najib’s Home !
The raid, which took place in three high-end residences in Bukit Bintang, saw police personnel loading up boxes of valuables into trolley carts and transporting them into five Black Maria trucks waiting outside the premises, The Star Online reported.
It was reported that raid started at 7pm and the trucks left the scene at around 2.15am today, 18 May.
Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Comm Datuk Seri Amar Singh said the items were seized in connection with the ongoing investigation into the 1MDB scandal.
“There were 72 luggage bags filled with items including jewellery, other valuables and cash of various denominations,” he said as quoted by Malaysiakini