Hard to believe, but some of the leader’s children are really living the life of the rich and famous
In Malaysia, politicians are always under the spotlight especially if you wear a designer’s watch or spend lavishly.
In fact, as long as you are a politician, you have to be careful and very mindful about your lifestyle. But, what if your son or daughter is seen around driving sports cars and lavishing LV handbags? You can deny until the cows come home, but the public perception is usually stronger than anything you say. In a recent report, it was published that if you are a Member of Parliament, you get about RM4,000 monthly salary while a senator gets about RM2,000 more. If you are Minister, you get about RM14,000 per month and the deputy minister earns about RM10,000.
Let’s see how some of the minister’s children fair.
Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi – His son is Kamaluddin Abdullah. He was allegedly linked to Scomi which was given an RM2 billion contract by Petronas between 2004 and 2006. Kamaluddin was announced as the top 10 Malay businessmen with more than RM320million in assets after Badawi became Prime Minister.
Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz – The name is Mohamad Nedim. He has been seen on many blogs with pretty women and clubbing scene. It has been reported that Nedim owns a Porsche which is about three-quarters of a million with body guards. One of his pictures that surfaced had him clad in an American flag with a beer bottle on his hand.
Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik – His son is Datuk Ling Hee Liong. It was alleged that Hee Leong had accumulated assets worth as much as RM1.2billion at the time when his father was in office (as the Minister of Transport and the President of MCA).
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak – Perhaps the most high-profile son of the prime minister who is always seen overseas with women. He obviously enjoys his lavish lifestyle and it was alleged that he owns a Bentley (rumour).
Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil – Her children, Wan Shahinur Izran and Wan Izzana Fatimah Zabedah owns shares in the controversial NFCorp, an issue that needs no introduction.
Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud – The former Chief Minister of Sarawak. His son is Abu Bekir Taib Abdul Taib and has been in bitter divorce suit involving some RM500million claim by his ex-wife Shahnaz A Majid who claims that Abu Bekir has billions of ringgit in assets including several luxury cars.
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad – His son Mirzan Mahathir is said to own several high profile businesses in the country and allegedly among the directors of San Miguel Corp which is involved in the beer business of the Philippines.