Rosmah Mansor: Malaysia’s First Lady of Greed

September 14, 2016

Rosmah Mansor: Malaysia’s First Lady of Greed

by  Visahakha Sonawane

I grant him bloody,
Luxurious, avaricious, false, deceitful,
Sudden, malicious, smacking of every sin
That has a name.
Macbeth 4.3.70-3, Malcolm speaking to Macduff about Macbeth’.–William Shakespeare

Greed is Thy Name– Apt description of the qualities of Malaysia’s First Lady, Rosmah Mansor–Din Merican

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s wife Rosmah Mansor spent $6 million using credit cards in recent years, amid corruption allegations surrounding state-fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) that was set up by her husband, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing newly revealed documents.

Rosmah reportedly made purchases at European and American jewelry and fashion stores in 2014, where Najib paid using credit cards that drew on 1MDB funds. The new documents show these purchases were part of at least $6 million spent by Rosmah from 2008 to 2015 on clothes, shoes and jewelry from Harrods in London, Saks Fifth Avenue in New York and elsewhere, the Journal reported. The newspaper also noted she hadn’t held a regular paying job in years and Najib has been a longtime bureaucrat with an annual salary of $100,000.

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Furthermore, a source with direct knowledge of the U.S. investigation into 1MDB’s alleged fraud told the Journal that Rosmah introduced Najib to Jho Low. According to a lawsuit filed by U.S. officials, Low is at the center of the alleged 1MDB scandal.

The Journal pointed out that in her 2013 autobiography, Rosmah said she has a habit of saving. “I have bought some jewelry and dresses with my own money. What is wrong with that?” she wrote.

Some time last year, Najib’s office said his family’s spending was proportionate with his inheritance from his father Abdul Razak Hussein who served as Malaysian Prime Minister from 1970 to 1976. In February 2015, Najib’s four brothers reportedly said their father did not leave a big estate. Najib, without addressing the inheritance, then said that his father was as thrifty and a man of integrity.

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In the lawsuit filed late last month, the U.S. Justice Department said over $3.5 billion was misappropriated from 1MDB in alleged fraud committed over a four-year period. It further added that it is seeking to seize more than $1 billion of assets linked to the fund.

Najib set up 1MDB in 2009 to spur economic growth in the Southeast Asian country. However, he was linked to the corruption scandal at the fund from which $681 million was traced to bank accounts allegedly owned by him. The prime minister has consistently denied corruption allegations, first made in a July 2015 report by the Journal, which said investigators tracked the money from an account at Falcon Private Bank in Singapore to accounts in Malaysia.


12 thoughts on “Rosmah Mansor: Malaysia’s First Lady of Greed

  1. While the details matter, the main points of the revelations has long known. So how is it the likes of Red Shirt and Ali Tinju which we know to be Najib’s direct personal political machinery, believe they can keep pretending otherwise?

    Like it or not, fact is for many Malays like Jamal and Ali Tinju and many sycophantic Ministers, over-entitlement is not just ridiculous, it’s criminal. If Malay intellectuals are honest, they would tell the truth – 1MDBs will repeat unless the UMNO ideology and now PAS too, must be rid off.

  2. Saudi Royals donate the money for Islamic struggle and MO1 did not use the money for personal gain but for wife 2, stepson, godson fathered by a certain LOW who splash it on luxury and gambling and Arabs who use it to finance joints for the rich & famous. For the horror inflicted on Swiss Citizen Justo, the Swiss should expose the kleptocrat MO1

  3. Right, Wayne. Those 3 million believe that their leaders and spouses should be clad in the best finery and flaunt all their baubles (ill-gotten or otherwise). Such style is a source of pride to them when they see these first persons stand against their foreign counterparts.

    Never mind if the wealth is stolen from their mouths and they themselves and their children have to eat dirt. The JAROSDONG syndrome (apologies to Prof Hussein Alatas). Their leaders and spouses are Jahat and Boros while their supporters are Bodoh and Sombong.

  4. To dazzle her supporters, she suffers discomfort and pain from unhealthy fashion and beauty treatments. An addict to adulation.

  5. Rosmah have been lavish in her spending even before Najib became the PM. She always wants the biggest, longest, most expensive, even if it is not the best. Officers handling Najib on his official visits overseas are more than well acquainted with the antics of Rosmah.

  6. You can bet that US$6 million is only the tip of the iceberg. And this does not include all the other expenses that she tallied up like the cost of her using government funded facilities like air travel, hotel accommodations, food, land transport, security, gifts either to others or to herself . Not to forget that she travels with a coterie of hangers-on and sycophants. nd when it comes to Rosmah, only the best and most expensive will do, thank you very much. I certainly wouldn’t be surprised that the damage she’s done to the rakyat over the past years is more than one billion ringgit. Mrs Marcos, eat your heart out!

  7. /// Steven Wong September 15, 2016 at 10:00 am
    Only the deaf, dumb, blind and lobotomized support MO1 and Roastie. ///

    This is what 1MDB is all about – Mute Deaf Blind.

  8. Once Pinkie Lips falls from his perch fatty Rosie will drop like a ton of brick. I wait for that big day to come. By then their 3 million supporters will vanish into thin air. It happened in Indonesia, Philippines, Egypt, Haiti and a hordes of other banana republics. Their day of reckoning will come. It’s just a matter for time.

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