Malaysian PM criticized for using state funds to arrange daughter’s engagement in Kazakhstan
An opposition member of parliament has accused Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak of using taxpayer money to travel to Kazakhstan in order to to secure the engagement of his daughter Nooryana Najwa Najib (SFS ’11) – a recent University grad.
“It may no problem procedurally, if your boss (the PM) approves something no one is going to question,” MP Dzulkefly Ahmad of the People’s Pact told the center-left news site Malaysiakini. “But it is morally wrong to use public funds to travel to your daughter’s wedding. Najib has no class!”
The leader of the youth wing of the PM’s Barisan National Party Khairy Jamaluddin countered that he and Najib were in Kazakhstan to attend the Seventh World Islamic Forum in Astana.
“The trip was NOT used in any way to ‘arrange’ for PM’s daughter’s engagement,” tweeted Jamaluddin “Short of any proof that is unsubstantiated lie.” Since then, Dzulkefly and Jamaluddin have since been trading jabs on Twitter, with Jamaluddin calling the MP “desperate” in his criticism.
Nooryana is set to be married to Daniyar Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, who she is said to have met while a student at Georgetown. According to a May 25 article on Eurasia Internet, Nazarbayev is the nephew of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
The Malaysian embassy was not available to comment on the situation, calling it a “private matter.”
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