- Malaysian nationality or passport
Sultanah Kalsom, 63, is the second wife of Malaysian royalty, Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Abu Bakar Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mu’adzam Shah. Kalsom became the Sultanah, wife of the sultan of Pahang, one of Malaysia’s nine hereditary states, in 1992 . Sultanah Kalsom is involved in charitable activities across Malaysia, including those combating domestic violence and promoting childhood development and female empowerment. Sultanah Kalsom is also the patron of a “Tiger Ball” that raises money for protecting endangered tigers across Asia.
Sultanah Kalsom, listed by HSBC as a “housewife,” was connected to a numbered client account under the name “3678TE” from September 1994 to November 1997. The leaked files do not specify the exact role that she had in relation to the account.
A lawyer for Sultanah Kalsom has since informed ICIJ that Her Royal Highness did not have an account at HSBC. Rather, the account was opened in the Republic National Bank of New York in 1994 and was closed in 1997. Two years later, in 1999, HSBC acquired Republic National Bank of New York. "The position is clear that Her Royal Highness never had any account with HSBC Bank. Following thereto the article published by yourself did not reflect the correct position." (Information updated Jul. 21, 2015)