Perdana menteri tidak hanya berdepan tekanan daripada musuh-musuh politiknya, dalam dan luar Umno.
Mungkin juga Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak mengalami masalah dalam hubungan kekeluargaan.
Spekulasi ini diperkuatkan lagi dengan kenyataan empat adik beliau malam tadi yang berasa tidak selesa dengan tanggapan negatif terhadap bapa mereka dan perdana menteri kedua Tun Abdul Razak Hussein.
Portal Asia Sentinel awal bulan ini mendakwa hubungan antara adik-beradik Najib dengan ipar mereka Rosmah Mansor tidak mesra.
Rosmah, sejak Najib dilantik perdana menteri pada 2009, sehingga berdepan kontroversi, khususnya gaya hidup mewahnya.
Memetik satu sumber, yang tidak dinamakan, portal berita di Hong Kong itu mendakwa adik-adik Najib secara terbuka melahirkan rasa tidak senang mereka pada gaya hidup Rosmah.
Namun, penulis-penulis blog pro-Umno pula mengedarkan penafian yang dikatakan daripada Rosmah.
Beliau menafikan laporan tersebut dan menegaskan tidak mungkin menimbulkan keretakan dalam keluarga suaminya.
Mungkin bagi keluarga ipar Rosmah, laporan New York Times dua minggu lepas mengenai kekayaan Najib menjadi pencetus terakhir kemarahan mereka.
Laporan itu, menumpukan pembelian hartanah mewah di New York oleh seorang ahli perniagaan yang rapat dengan ahli keluarga Rosmah, memetik kenyataan Pejabat Perdana Menteri (PMO).
Kenyataan itu menjelaskan kekayaan keluarga Najib, termasuk jutaan dolar perbelanjaan barang kemas untuk Rosmah, bersumberkan harta pusaka warisan Abdul Razak.
Malaysiakini masih menunggu jawapan daripada PMO dan adik perdana menteri, Datuk Seri Nazir Abdul Razak, berhubung perkembangan ini. - mk
Brothers’ stand indicate rift in Najib’s family...
Adding fuel into this cauldron of speculation was the rare statement issued by his four younger brothers, who expressed concern that their late father’s reputation is being soiled.
Hong Kong-based portal Asia Sentinel has earlier this month reported strained ties between Najib’s siblings and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, who since her husband came to power in 2009 has been the centre of a string of controversies surrounding her extravagant lifestyle.
Quoting a source, the report claimed that Najib’s brothers had openly criticised their flamboyant sister-in-law at dinner functions.
However, Umno bloggers later circulated a response purportedly from Rosmah, in which she denied the report and claimed that she would never cause a rift in her husband’s family.
Perhaps for Najib’s brothers, the Feb 9 front-page New York Times report was the final straw.
The report quoted the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) attributing Najib’s expenditure, including the multi-million dollar purchases of his wife’s jewellery, to his inheritance.
Picking up on the issue, veteran newsman A Kadir Jasin said the PMO’s propaganda machine was scrapping the bottom of the barrel to protect Najib and Rosmah.
However, he added that it should not dishonour and disrespect the memory of Abdul Razak Hussein, the nation’s second prime minister and Najib’s father.
To do so, he argued, would be an “unpardonable sin”.
“Unless PMO makes an about turn and denies making a statement to the NYT about Najib’s so-called inheritance, it stands accused of tainting the memory of that great man,” he said.
Previously, Kadir noted that the PMO’s statement could cast doubt on Abdul Razak’s integrity as it gave the impression that he was a wealthy man.
The veteran newsman also quoted a former political aide to the late prime minister about the latter only having left behind two houses, one in Pekan and another in Kuala Lumpur.
Well-known for his frugality
In their statement issued late yesterday, Najib’s brothers wrote: “We wish to put on record that Tun Abdul Razak was a highly principled man, well-known to all who knew him for his frugality and utmost integrity and any statement or inference to the contrary would be totally false and misleading to his memory and to his service and sacrifices for the nation.
“We take issue with anyone who taints his memory, whatever the motive. We would also like to add that our whole family is united on this issue."
The statement, signed by all four Najib’s brothers - Johari, Nizam, Nazim and Nazir - came hot on the heels of Rosmah drawing flak with her revelation that it cost RM1,200 to dye her hair.
Malaysiakini is still awaiting a response from the PMO and Najib’s youngest brother, CIMB chairperson Nazir (left), who sent the “private” statement on behalf of his brothers to media organisations.
Meanwhile, Kadir also delved into the hairdo issue by citing several statistics:
1. Median monthly income of people in Sarawak, Perak and Kedah, RM1,200; Terengganu, RM1,100; and Kelantan, RM1,000.
2. The majority of Amanah Saham Bumiputera (ASB) unit holders have an average investment of RM550.
3. Out of nearly eight million working Malaysians, the median salary for 2012 and 2011 had stagnated at RM1,500.
The median monthly household income was RM3,626, while the median monthly household income for the top 20 percent was RM9,796, the middle 40 percent (RM4,372) and the bottom 40 percent (RM1,852).- mk
Akhbar tak siar kenyataan adik beradik Najib...
Semakan Malaysiakini mendapati kenyataan yang membela Tun Razak sebagai seorang yang berjimat-cermat tidak dimuatkan dalam akhbar Utusan Malaysia, Berita Harian, New Straits Times dan The Star.
Rata-rata akhbar berbahasa Cina bagaimanapun mengambil sikap bertentangan dengan menyiarkan kenyataan tersebut.
Kenyataan itu dihantar menerusi emel Datuk Seri Nazir Razak pada Selasa lalu sekitar jam 8.30 kepada pengarang kanan media, namun didapati masih tidak diterbitkan dalam akhbar yang disebutkan itu sehingga hari ini.
Kenyataan tersebut dihantar atas nama Nazir Razak, Johari Razak, Nizam Razak, Nazim Razak – tanpa disertai nama Najib Razak.
Perkembangan ini sekali gus menguatkan spekulasi bahawa berlaku keretakan dalam hubungan keluarga perdana menteri.
Kenyataan itu diedarkan kepada media susulan laporan New York Times yang memetik kenyataan Pejabat Perdana Menteri (PMO) tentang sumber kekayaan Najib dan isteri, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
New York Times menyebut, PMO memaklumkan kepada mereka bahawa sumber kekayaan Najib dan isterinya sebahagiannya datang daripada harta pusaka peninggalan keluarga. - mk
Big media black out PM's brothers...
Checks by Malaysiakini has found that the statement was not carried in the Wenesday and Thursday print editions of Utusan Malaysia, Berita Harian, New Straits Times and The Star.
It was instead carried mainly by the Chinese vernacular papers, such as Sinchew Daily, Nanyang Siang Pau and the China Press.
Interestingly, a news report on the statement did appear on The Star’s online edition on Tuesday night, although it did not make it to print version.
In the statement, the four brothers Nazir (above), Johari, Nizam, and Nazim Razak expressed concern over speculation on the wealth of their late father, Malaysia’s second prime minister Abdul Razak Hussein.
Speculation arose after the Prime Minister’s Office told the New York Times that Najib and his wife Rosmah Mansor’s lavish lifestyle was not unusual "... for a person of the prime minister’s position, responsibilities and legacy (of) family assets”.
Razak’s name threatened
In their joint statement, the brothers said: ‘We wish to put on record that Abdul Razak was a highly-principled man, well known to all who knew him for his frugality and utmost integrity and any statement or inference to the contrary would be totally false and misleading to his memory and to his service and sacrifices for the nation.
‘We take issue with anyone who taints his memory, whatever the motive. We would also like to add that our whole family is united on this issue.”
Nazir had sent the statement via e-mail to the The Star, Utusan Malaysia, Sin Chew Daily, The Malaysian Insider, Malaysiakini, The Edge, New Straits Times, and Media Prima at 8.26pm on Tuesday.
Lamenting the media blackout, the pro-Mahathir blogger ‘Jelapang’ lamented that no Umno-affiliated media would clear Abdul Razak’s name.
“Sad, because not one Umno-owned media yesterday and today would publish the explanation made by the children of the late Tun Abdul Razak to ensure that their father’s name, a great statesman, is not tainted.
"Jelapang does not want to comment on what is implied by the statement. What they did was only to explain that the late Tun Abdul Razak was a principled and frugal leader with integrity,” he wrote in his blog yesterday.
Another pro-Mahathir blogger, ‘Apanama’ published the four brothers’ statement in full, along with a part of an online news report on the statement. - mk
Expensive Hairdo vs The Memory of A Great Leader...
You and I know that Malaysian traders are not the most scrupulous in the world. On the contrary they could be among the most unscrupulous.
So I am not at all surprised that many people are worried about them taking advantage of GST to profiteer.
The last to join the chorus in expressing this sentiment is the wife of the Prime Minister, (Datin Seri Paduka) Rosmah Mansor.
She cited her hair treatment that had increased in price to RM1,200 per session at her residence and RM500 for tailoring a pair of baju kurung.
I leave it entirely to readers and debaters to make sense of the RM1,200-hairdo. You can credit her for speaking up on behalf of consumers or loath her for the hair raising price she paid for hair colouring.
This is what she was reported saying: “Now when I want to dye my hair at home, the hairdresser charges me RM1,200.
“Wow, that is expensive but they say the price is different in the store. It’s pricey because it is home service...
“They can charge three, four or five times the price citing ‘home service’.
“I am speaking on behalf of housewives. Bakti believes that home services must be subject to (pricing) guidelines.”
To put the RM1,200 hair treatment in perspective let us consider the following statistics:
1. Median income of people in Sarawak, Perak and Kedah RM1,200, Terengganu RM1,100 and Kelantan RM1,000.
2. The majority of ASB unitholders have an average investment of RM550.
3. Out of nearly eight million working Malaysians, the median salary for 2012 and 2011 had stagnated at RM1,500. The median household income was RM3,626. The median household income for the top 20% was RM9,796, the middle 40% (RM4,372) and the bottom 40% (RM1,852).
Late Tun Abdul Razak was Frugal
Then there is this thing about the Prime Minister Office’s statement to the New York Times that Mohd Najib received “healthy” inheritance from this family.
The NYT had quoted the PMO as saying that “…neither any money spent on travel, nor any jewellery purchases, nor the alleged contents of any safes are unusual for a person of the prime minister’s position, responsibilities and legacy family assets.”
This was in relations to the paper’s expose on the mysteriously wealth young Chinese Malaysian, Jho Taek Low son of Tan Sri Larry Low of Penang.
I had made two notations on this in the blog. In one I said, that the PMO’s statement could cast double on Abdul Razak’s integrity and give the impression that he was wealthy.
In another I quoted his former political aide as saying that the second Prime Minister did not die a wealthy man. He left behind two houses – one in Pekan and another in Kuala Lumpur.
Yesterday (Feb 24) Mohd Najib’s sibling namely (Datuk) Johari, (Datuk) Nizam, (Datuk) Nazim and (Datuk Seri) Nazir issued a statement saying:
"We are extremely concerned that some recent news articles and postings have given rise to speculation as to the nature and extent of the inheritance that our late father, Tun Abdul Razak, had left behind.
"We wish to put on record that Tun Abdul Razak was a highly principled man, well-known to all who knew him for his frugality and utmost integrity and any statement or inference to the contrary would be totally false and misleading to his memory and to his service and sacrifices for the nation.
"We take issue with anyone who taints his memory, whatever the motive.
"We would also like to add that our whole family is united on this issue."
Unless the PMO makes an about turn and deny ever making a statement to the NYT about Mohd Najib’s so-called inheritance, it stands accused of tainting the memory of that great man.
The PMO propaganda machine can do whatever it likes even at the expense of ethics and morality to protect the PM and his wife. But for it to dishonour and disrespect the memory of Tun Abdul Razak is an unpardonable sin.- A Kadir Jasin