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post May 20 2018, 11:59 AM, updated 3y ago

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KUALA LUMPUR: In early 2015, as Malaysians were protesting over government plans to introduce a consumption tax, the then first lady was complaining about the rising costs of her hairdresser.

Rosmah Mansor lamented in a speech at a public forum on the implementation of the tax that she had to pay RM1,200 for one hair-dyeing session, at a time when the minimum wage job in Malaysia paid RM900 a month.

Rosmah’s comments angered many Malaysians, who had already noticed her luxury watches and handbags in public appearances with her husband Najib Razak, who was ousted as prime minister in the May 9 polls.

But with tight controls on the media, there was little open criticism of her lavish lifestyle.

Now, after Friday’s seizure by police of hundreds of bags, including expensive Hermes ones, and a stash of jewellery from apartment units where Najib’s family was living, public attention is focusing on Rosmah.

An unshackled media and many Malaysians are openly demanding to know how Rosmah was able to afford an opulent lifestyle. Many have compared her with Imelda Marcos, who left behind more than 1,200 pairs of shoes when her husband Ferdinand Marcos was ousted as president of the Philippines in 1986.

Rosmah has long defended her tastes.

“There are some accessories and clothes that I have bought with my own money. What is wrong with that?,” Rosmah, 66, was quoted as saying in an authorised biography published in 2013, when asked about criticism over her opulent lifestyle.

“As a woman and as the wife of a leader, I have to look made up, neat and take care of my appearance. It is also embarrassing for Malaysians when other countries make fun of the sloppy wife of Malaysia’s prime minister,” she said.

Rosmah, through her law firm, issued a statement yesterday to address “the recent spate of events leading to the media hailstorm” and asked authorities to follow the rule of law and due process to avoid a premature public trial.

She said the inquiry process seemed to have been compromised due to leaks, including “details of the alleged items confiscated”.

Her law firm and aides did not respond to further queries from Reuters.

Since Najib was defeated in the election by his mentor-turned-rival, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, he has become the subject of a money-laundering probe and, along with Rosmah, has been barred from leaving the country.

The new government is investigating allegations of fraud and corruption at the state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), which was founded by Najib. US authorities say the former prime minister received nearly US$700 million of funds diverted from the fund.

Najib has denied wrongdoing.

Nearly 300 boxes of designer handbags and dozens of bags filled with cash and jewellery were among the items taken away by police this week from the properties linked to Najib’s family.

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Rosmah Mansor once said she had to appear neat, defending her expensive tastes. (Reuters pic)


Items such as Birkin handbags from Hermes and watches were among the items seized, police said. The police did not say who the bags belonged to.

Birkin bags, favoured by celebrities like Victoria Beckham, can be worth up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The seizure before dawn Friday came hours after a photo of Mahathir reportedly wearing what appeared to be RM11.99 Bata sandals went viral on social media, drawing comparisons between the two leaders.

Local media reports said 52 designer handbags with brand names like Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Oscar de la Renta were also seized from Najib’s private residence, along with 10 luxury watches.

The US Department of Justice alleged in civil lawsuits last year that some of the funds stolen from 1MDB were used to buy jewellery for Rosmah: US$27 million for a rare pink diamond and another US$1.3 million for 27 gold necklaces.

‘I’m not perfect’

Rosmah’s beginnings were humble. She was born in 1951 in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan.

According to her 2013 biography, she studied sociology and anthropology at a local public university, before pursuing a masters degree at Louisiana State University in the United States.

In her biography she mentions her financial difficulties as a student and in her first job at an agriculture bank, where she earned RM800 a month.

She stopped working in 1987 to focus on starting a family with Najib, who was then Malaysia’s youth and sports minister, according to the biography.

After Najib became prime minister, Rosmah focused on charity work, providing aid to underprivileged children, women’s support groups and health and sports advocacy.

A day after the US allegation last year over Rosmah’s US$27 million purchase of a pink diamond, her lawyers issued a notice threatening to sue anyone who produced “false, malicious publications or posting” against her.

In the last pages of her biography, Rosmah asks for Malaysians to accept her as she is.

“I hope people accept the reality that I am a regular human being. I am not perfect.”

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/...h-in-spotlight/

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post May 20 2018, 12:00 PM

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post May 20 2018, 12:01 PM

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u guy know the face of the old witch ?
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When you are compared with Imelda Marcos and even beat her extravagance, you are doomed to be hated by everyone.
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So many 1st lady. Not one can match her fortune.
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post May 20 2018, 12:08 PM

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Talk KOK. U. Dont need to spend millions to look good.

Just look at Siti Hasmah? Does she spend millions on her appearance?

U bought with ur own money? Where did the money originate from?

Even with 50k income/mth, it will take u ages to accumulate that amount of birkin bags.
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QUOTE(kevin23 @ May 20 2018, 12:08 PM)
Talk KOK. U. Dont need to spend millions to look good.

Just look at Siti Hasmah? Does she spend millions on her appearance?

U bought with ur own money? Where did the money originate from?

Even with 50k income/mth, it will take u ages to accumulate that amount of birkin bags.
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Anyone can verify real or fake? This is just Part 1 out of Part 5


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post May 20 2018, 12:12 PM

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lel the pic chopped dy. the face whr got so small
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i wonder where she hide the diamond ring. inside her vajayjay kot
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QUOTE(nagflar @ May 20 2018, 12:01 PM)
u guy know the face of the old witch ?
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hansel and gretel :“burn da witch!!”
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QUOTE(zhou.xingxing @ May 20 2018, 12:12 PM)
lel the pic chopped dy. the face whr got so small
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Too excessive ps it looks weird
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first lady?
more like first witch
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Elegance does not equal extravagant.
Head of state ladies should try to use more local designers work. That is how you impress the world and promote Malaysia.
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Well, to be fair to her, she never said that dia beli guna duit yg menabung dari kecik.
That headline was made up, went viral and most ppl belip it.

Inb4 diam la macai BN
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Some say her right hand women also kuat songlap. Even najib sked with rosmah PMO

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so if based on the article her family is not rich, even the earlier work is just a 800 salary

so it means all the luxury is coming from najib

how can najib afford it?

keluarga kaya warisan berbillion dan donasi kawan ?
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post May 20 2018, 12:40 PM

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Utusan really?! You choose Rosmah for your coverage after all this.
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How could she spend so much money in her face and still look like a witch?

Kena con kau kau.
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QUOTE(riezzien @ May 20 2018, 12:31 PM)
Well, to be fair to her, she never said that dia beli guna duit yg menabung dari kecik.
That headline was made up, went viral and most ppl belip it.

Inb4 diam la macai BN
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QUOTE(TheMrBinary @ May 20 2018, 12:24 PM)
first lady?
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Meanwhile, Singapore PM wife get all the praises using el cheapo bag.

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QUOTE(azbro @ May 20 2018, 12:46 PM)
Meanwhile, Singapore PM wife get all the praises using el cheapo bag.

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QUOTE(drajm @ May 20 2018, 12:24 PM)
Elegance does not equal extravagant.
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There are some accessories that I bought with own money... Whats wrong with that.


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QUOTE(big1 @ May 20 2018, 11:59 AM)
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KUALA LUMPUR: In early 2015, as Malaysians were protesting over government plans to introduce a consumption tax, the then first lady was complaining about the rising costs of her hairdresser.

Rosmah Mansor lamented in a speech at a public forum on the implementation of the tax that she had to pay RM1,200 for one hair-dyeing session, at a time when the minimum wage job in Malaysia paid RM900 a month.



she make noise how come personal hair dresser come to her house charge her rm1200 for one session lol

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/...h-in-spotlight/
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QUOTE(ZeroSOFInfinity @ May 20 2018, 12:02 PM)
When you are compared with Imelda Marcos and even beat her extravagance, you are doomed to be hated by everyone.
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QUOTE(endau02 @ May 20 2018, 12:44 PM)
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I think she wanna challenge Imelda Marcos

https://filipiknow.net/interesting-facts-ab...-imelda-marcos/

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Hairdo rm1.2k, still look like sarang tebuan.
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banning plastic bags every saturday may trigger her to buy birkin/hermes bag for shopping grocerries ..

blame ph for plastic bag policy
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