Rift between Prime Minister Najib and Brothers


February 25, 2015

Rift between Prime Minister Najib and Brothers

by Malaysiakini @www.malaysiakini.com

Razak Boys and Tun RahahThe Razak Boys with Tun Rahah

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is not only facing pressure from his political opponents both within and outside of UMNO. Things may not be so rosy on the family front as well.

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 February 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 propagandaPak Kadiaq 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.

Tun Abdul Razak is 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 (above), 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).

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19 thoughts on “Rift between Prime Minister Najib and Brothers

  1. The bad sign is clear, despite the claim that the family remains united, Najib’s signature was missing in that Family Statement released to Malaysiakini. Was the Family Statement meant to explain to the people, as claimed, or more intended to attack Najib & Rosmah???

  2. I’ve read the brothers’ statement. No where did it deny the existence of an inheritance, big or small. It merely says the late prime minister 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….”

    Such a person could still leave behind an inheritance couldn’t he?

    In any case no one is disputing that the late prime minister was anything other than a “… highly principled man, well-known to all who knew him for his frugality and utmost integrity….”

    Just asking the question did he or did he not leave behind an inheritance, (which was never expressly answered by the brothers’ statement), big enough for Najib and Rosmah to enjoy a lavish lifestyle as the PMO’s statement intimated.

    If the late Tun Razak did not leave much behind, (which the brothers’ statement seemed to imply), other than two houses to be shared among 5 brothers, then where did Najib’s wealth came from and how did Nazir have enough capital to be the chairman and one-time CEO of one of the leading bank in the country?

    These are legitimate questions.

  3. I hv said this in several blogs. “the biggest mistake that najib made was 2 marry 4 d second time” well some say it is fated (takdir). that is the most that I can say.

  4. Dato, I read somewhere that both Najib and Hishamudin have 30 million shares each in Genting Highland inherited from their late grandfather TS Noah.

  5. You can’t blame everything on “the wife” !

    Just as Robert can’t blame everything on Grace.
    Or blame everything on Madam Mao and the other members of the
    Gang of Four.

  6. Defending their father, Tun Razak, does not mean being against Najib and Rosmah. The Razak boys were raised to stay loyal to each other in the traditional way. Najib is their Abang.

  7. @dinobeano February 26, 2015 at 9:02 am,

    Din, you got quite a valid point that Pak Kadiaq, Malaysiakini and I as well seem to miss.
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    Pak Kadiaq spins too much. It is family and Tun Rahah is the unifying influence on the Razak boys. They as individuals may disagree on issues, but never enough to cause rift between them. Notice that Tun Dr. Mahathir is silent on Najib of late. What do you make out of this?–Din Merican

  8. “Defending their father, Tun Razak, does not mean being against Najib and Rosmah. The Razak boys were raised to stay loyal to each other in the traditional way. Najib is their Abang.”

    I don’t know if any other reading of Nazir’s “private” statement is possible except as a rebuke against the excesses of his older brother. Does this amount to a “rift” ? Hard to say.

    Commerce and politics has never been mutually exclusive especially in Malaysia but being protective of the former and safeguarding the legacy of the family name does not necessarily mean that Nazir is against Najib .

    It does mean that the politics has got to stage where it jeopardizes commerce and this is a concern to the specific class that Nazir represents.

  9. Dato,

    I have been trying for quite a long while to understand more fully the “Raja adil raja disembah, raja zalim disanggah” concept which is so much a core of the Malay psyche. Despite some helpful discussions, including the efforts of a senior academic and digging back to the Hang Jebat roots of the saying, I still cannot understand properly how that concept works / applies.

    Perchance what you wrote about “The Razak boys were raised to stay loyal to each other in the traditional way. Najib is their Abang” is related? Can you help clear the fog, please?
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    It is that simple. Don’t run down your own family member. The most you can do is to distance yourself from him. But not before you have told him what you think about his policies, actions and conduct. I have reason to believe that Nazir, Nizam, Nazim and Johari have done so in many subtle and respectful ways. That is the best they could do since Najib’s own people dare not “tegor” him. That Malay saying does not apply to the Razak boys. –Din Merican

  10. Does anyone really think these 4 persons would publicly go against their brother who is the PM? Get real!!! No one is that principled and honourable to do such thing. At most, they will just move out of the country and live in low-profile luxury eslewhere.

  11. Thanks Dato, for the clarification.

    I wonder whether Tun Rahah will have any sway these days over Najib, whom she once described as “had been an obedient child and always listened to advice”. I figure that as the eldest son, and with Tun Razak’s passing, Najib will be considered as the head of the immediate family.

  12. “Defending their father, Tun Razak, does not mean being against Najib and Rosmah. The Razak boys were raised to stay loyal to each other in the traditional way. Najib is their Abang.”

    “Don’t run down your own family member. The most you can do is to distance yourself from him. But not before you have told him what you think about his policies, actions and conduct. I have reason to believe that Nazir, Nizam, Nazim and Johari have done so in many subtle and respectful ways. That is the best they could do since Najib’s own people dare not “tegor” him. That Malay saying does not apply to the Razak boys. –Din Merican”

    Din I agree only up to a point. The Razaks are traditional yes – even feudal in some ways compared to modern families. But everyone has their limits. It must have taken a lot for the brothers to issue this public statement, they must have reached the absolute limit when the good name of the pater familias, the late Tun Abd Razak, was implicated by the PM’s office in no less a public forum as the NY Times. Dont expect the brothers to be too specific though, subtlety is the traditional Malay way, that they made this statement in the public domain is shocking enough in circles which normally tend to close ranks. I believe relations have been strained for some time and recently reached boiling point with the NYT expose.

    As for Tun Rahah, sources close to the family say she is has long disapproved of the ostentatious lifestyle of her eldest son and his wife. Judging from her quiet dignity and modesty this distaste would not be surprising. I dont believe the brothers would issue the public statement without her blessing and approval.

    Is there a “rift”? All families squabble I dont see why the Razaks should be an exception.The reported blanking out of the brothers’ statement in the mainstream media seems to indicate all is not well.

    Salam

  13. Notice that Tun Dr. Mahathir is silent on Najib of late. What do you make out of this?–Din Merican

    Probably Tun Dr. Mahathir finally has come to the conclusion that he has done enough…..damage??? And out of respect to Tun Rahah & the memory of the late Tun Razak, he chose to be in elegant silence for the time being….only for the time being.

  14. Notice that Tun Dr. Mahathir is silent on Najib of late. What do you make out of this?–Din Merican

    Dato …

    Tun has spoken …

    Cabinet rejects RM3 billion for 1MDB as debt repayment options narrow – See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/cabinet-rejects-rm3-billion-for-1mdb-as-debt-repayment-options-narrow#sthash.NpnodfBI.dpuf

    PAC wants AG to audit 1MDB immediately

    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/pac-to-call-up-1mdb-over-debts-deals

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