Commotion over opposition politician's big house in KL

Datuk Adam's luxury house, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. Mr Jamal, questioning how Datuk Adam, 28, could afford to buy the house, said that a report will be lodged with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission over the opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat
Datuk Adam's luxury house, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. Mr Jamal, questioning how Datuk Adam, 28, could afford to buy the house, said that a report will be lodged with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission over the opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat Youth leader's purported wealth. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR • A Disney- castle-like house in Kuala Lumpur has become the focus of a war of words between Malaysia's Red Shirts leader Jamal Yunos and an opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Youth leader.

Mr Jamal has said he wanted to know how PKR's Datuk Adam Rosly, at only 28 years old, managed to accumulate a large fortune to buy the luxury house on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur that had several expensive cars parked on its porch.

Yesterday, Mr Jamal invited selected members of the media on a helicopter ride, courtesy of a friend, to make an aerial observation of the property, which he claimed was valued at RM 7 million (S$2.3 million).

The Sungai Besar Umno chief told the media that he wanted to know how Mr Adam managed to buy the home at such a young age, The Star reported.

"I would like to clarify that I am not accusing, but would like Adam to answer what the source of his incredible wealth is," Mr Jamal said at a press conference with Ampang Umno division chief Ismail Kijo.

The 21/2-storey house is in the middle of Ampang in an urban kampung housing area.

Mr Ismail and Mr Jamal said that after the aerial tour, a report would be lodged with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission over Mr Adam's purported wealth.

Mr Adam, meanwhile, clarified that he could afford to buy the house as he is a successful businessman.

"In this day and age, it's not abnormal for the young to be rich. I can assure you that I made my money from hard work," he said.

He said the house was an abandoned property that he purchased at an auction for about RM1 million.

Yesterday's clash between the Red Shirts leader and the PKR came days after a scuffle between the Red Shirts and the police in the Ampang Point shopping centre, when the group was tailing Ampang PKR MP Zuraida Kamaruddin and Bersih supporters in a mall.

During the tussle, Mr Jamal was punched in the face and was left with a bloody nose. He later claimed that one of the men from the PKR and Bersih group had thrown the punch.

However, video recordings later showed that no supporters of the pro-democracy group were seen in the vicinity at the time.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 16, 2016, with the headline 'Commotion over opposition politician's big house in KL'. Print Edition | Subscribe