Old shopping allegations surface again in booklet


SUNGAI BESAR: Rosmah Mansor, wife of prime minister Najib Razak, has once again become the target of his opponents, with a booklet attacking her being distributed at an election rally last night.

The booklet, entitled Di Sebalik Tabir Politik Najib (Behind the Scenes of Najib’s Politics), contained accounts of lavish expenses, among other allegations.

It was distributed during a Pakatan Harapan ceramah in Dataran Tonggak here last night, and comes after Rosmah figured in news headlines after opposition criticism of her purported use of a luxury private jet for a trip to Ankara.

The booklet contined a compilation of past allegations about Rosmah’s shopping trips and made reference to a column in the Sydney Morning Herald of Australia, in which columnist Andrew Horney had described her as the First Lady of Shopping.

In the early days of Najib’s tenure as prime minister, Rosmah came under fire for being described as the First Lady of Malaysia, with critics pointing out that the term was an insult to the Raja Permaisuri Agong.

The Australian column made headlines in Malaysia in 2012. However Rosmah had already rubbished the allegations and was quoted in The Sun in January 2012 as saying she had come across many of these kinds of accusations.

Rosmah had also stated that the claims were all wildly exaggerated.

The last page of the booklet carries a short description of the Solidarity Anak Muda Malaysia group, which is believed to be involved in publishing it.

The campaign for the Sungai Besar parliamentary by-election is now in full swing with less than a week to polling day on Saturday.

Barisan Nasional is fielding Budiman Mohd Zohdi, who faces Abdul Rani Osman of PAS and Azhar Abdul Shukor of Amanah.

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