Hope #9: Prime Minister who "is never involved in corruption or wrongdoing"

..Najib had backed the statement that Razak was a man known for his frugality and integrity, and had added that his father, who was Malaysia’s second prime minister “was never involved in corruption or wrongdoing”.

Najib had also put on record that his maternal grandfather, Tan Sri Mohamed Noah Omar, had funded his education, as proof of Razak’s frugality, according to Utusan.

..The veteran editor said this was problematic because Noah, ..had also gone on to establish a casino.

Islam considers gambling a sin and Najib heads Umno, the lead Malay-Muslim party in the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.

Kadir also noted that it took five days for Najib to comment on the statement issued by his brothers. The statement when it was issued on February 24 was not published by the mainstream newspapers.

In their statement, Najib’s brothers – Datuk Johari, Datuk Nizam, Datuk Nazim, and Datuk Seri Nazir – dismissed talks of the extent of inheritance left by Razak.

“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.”

Their statement came about after The New York Times quoted a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office that Najib’s wealth came from a family inheritance in response to his stepson’s purchase of opulent properties in New York City.

The paper also reported that Najib had been tainted by news of his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s spending on jewelry and designer handbags.

The issue of Najib’s family inheritance arose when the paper, furnishing invoices and other documents as proof of jewellery purchases for Rosmah, had asked the Prime Minister’s Office for a response.

The paper quoted the prime minister’s office as saying: “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.”

source: The Malaysian Insider

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