Rosmah Mansor, wife of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, spends more than $ 24,000 a month on her image protection group on social media.
Malaysia’s Supreme Court on 9/9 heard corruption charges related to Ms. Rosmah. Rizal Mansor, a former Rosmah assistant, testified in court that in 2012, he received her 100,000 RM (more than $ 24,000) a month to pay her so-called “cyber guard”, overseeing contents and protecting protect her from attacks on social media.
“This team is responsible for refuting, explaining all the slander and accusing Ms. Rosmah to the public,” said Mr. Rizal Mansor. “The security guards operate with money provided by Ms. Rosmah,” Rizal said.
Ms. Rosmah Mansor came to work at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in Putrajaya, on August 26, 2018. Photo: Reuters.
Rosmah, 69, faces a series of charges, including accepting bribes and money laundering related to a solar energy project worth up to RM 1.25 billion (more than $ 300 million) for schools in Malaysia. . Mr. Rizal himself, a former assistant to Ms. Rosmah, was initially charged with the incident, but was acquitted in January.
Rizal, 46, witness in the court yesterday, said in 2009 he was recruited into the Office of the First Lady of Malaysia, and used to take on the main job of protecting the image and reputation of Rosmah from public opinion.
He was also the CEO of media conglomerate Media Prima, in charge of media relations for the prime minister’s wife until mid-2018.
The scandal involving former Prime Minister Najib is believed to have been the main reason for his defeat in the May 2018 elections against his rival Mahathir Mohamad. After being elected, Mr. Mahathir asked to reopen the investigation with 1MDB, a state development investment fund founded by former Prime Minister Najib in 2009.
Najib is said to have received hundreds of millions of dollars from 1MDB in personal accounts, to serve the couple’s lavish lifestyle. After the two were arrested, the police searched their whereabouts and discovered countless brands and jewelry with a total value of up to 273 million USD.
Malaysia’s Supreme Court in July sent Najib to 12 years in prison on charges related to the corruption scandal at 1MDB, but he will face many other trials in the near future.