Rumblings about Rosmah

We have to give credit where and when it is due. In this particular case, the Opposition for questioning the wife of the Prime Minister Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor for using the Malaysian government jet for her and her entourage’s recent trip to Doha.

Riong Kali dot com’s story:

Rosmah’s Qatar trip on government jet questioned by Pakatan lawmakers

BY EILEEN NG
NOVEMBER 18, 2013

Opposition lawmakers grilled Putrajaya on Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s use of the official government jet for a visit to Qatar last week to attend an international forum.

Azmin Ali (PKR-Gombak) started the ball rolling when he interjected Anthony Loke (DAP-Seremban) during the debate on Budget 2014 at the committee stage, noting that Rosmah had used the jet.

“How can the prime minister’s wife use the government aircraft? We want to know the cost involved and how come she is eligible for this,” Azmin asked.

In reply, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said the Cabinet had approved for Rosmah to use the jet for this particular trip.

His reply did not satisfy the opposition ranks and Parliament turned chaotic with several MPs questioning the rationale of the Cabinet decision.

“Isn’t the Cabinet headed by the prime minister? This is a conflict of interest, how can the prime minister give permission to his wife to use the jet?

“Is there a new law where the wife of the prime minister can represent the country to discuss bilateral matters?” asked Azmin (pic) and pointed to a visit by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton where Rosmah met her as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was sick.

Hanipa Maidin (PAS-Sepang) asked whether Najib had recused himself when Cabinet made the decision while Mahfuz Omar (PAS-Pokok Sena) feigned astonishment over the latest development, which he claimed has never happened anywhere in world.

However, Shahidan stuck by his reply, insisting that the Cabinet decided Rosmah can use the jet since she is representing the country on official business.

“Her visit was approved by the Cabinet. You can bring it to any court in this world or next, no problem,” he said.

He also disputed the Pakatan MP’s contention for Najib to emulate his Singapore counterpart to use commercial flights for official visits, saying that it is for security reasons as well as to boost the country’s image.

He said it was “illogical” for Najib to take a Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight for official visits as the national carrier does not fly to all countries.

“MAS is also bound by its schedule. And if we charter a flight from MAS, we have to pay more,” he said.

He reiterated the jets were not only used by the prime minister but also the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong, deputy prime minister and with permission, other ministers too.

Rosmah recently delivered a keynote address at the 4th Qatar International Business Women Forum in Doha.

Organised by the Qatari Businesswomen Association and the Interactive Business Network, the two-day forum was attended by the Qatar Minister of Energy and Industry Dr Mohammed Saleh Al Sada.

The Malaysian delegation included Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, who is special advisor to the prime minister on women entrepreneurs and professionals; Datin Seri Siti Rubiah Datuk Abdul Samad, wife of the Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman; Datin Seri Khamarzan Ahmad Meah, wife of International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed; and Datin Seri Che Kamariah Zakaria, wife of Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh. – November 18, 2013.

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Perdana Putra says it is alright for Rosmah to use the Malaysian government ACJ319 VVIP jet.

No harm in Rosmah representing Malaysia abroad, says Putrajaya

BY SYED JAYMAL ZAHIIDNOVEMBER 18, 2013

Biz Updates From PR Newswire

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak arrives with his wife Datin Seri Paduka Rosmah Mansor for a gala dinner for leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on October 7, 2013. — AFPPrime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak arrives with his wife Datin Seri Paduka Rosmah Mansor for a gala dinner for leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on October 7, 2013. — AFP

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18 — Putrajaya defended today its decision to send Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor for a high-level business meeting overseas recently, a move critics said was inappropriate as the prime minister’s wife holds no government post.

Explaining, Minister in the Prime Minister Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim told the Dewan Rakyat that the Cabinet had agreed to Rosmah representing Malaysia at the 4th Qatar International Business Women Forum in Doha, Qatar, a week ago in a trip financed by taxpayers money.

He said there was nothing wrong with paying for Rosmah’s trip to Doha — where she had travelled using a state-owned private jet — as it was for “official business”.

Federal opposition lawmakers infuriated by the decision are free to challenge it in court, he added.

“Rosmah can use the plane on official business as she represents the country. This is the decision made by the Cabinet.

“You can bring it to court, in this world or the next, no problem,” the minister said in a reply to Azmin Ali (PKR-Gombak) and Datuk Mahfuz Omar (PAS-Pokok Sena) during the Budget 2014 committee stage debate.

The two opposition lawmakers also queried Shahidan if there was a law that allows the prime minister’s wife to represent Malaysia in foreign diplomatic affairs but the minister did not reply.

Azmin also pointed out that when US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Malaysia in 2010, Rosmah had replaced Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for the meeting as the latter was sick.

This was also deemed an unprecedented move as while Clinton’s visit was officially made in her position as a government leader, Rosmah was neither in government nor an elected representative in Parliament.

Shahidan, however, evaded the question again and merely said the decision of the Cabinet was final.

On October 3, it was disclosed in Parliament that Putrajaya spends RM28.8 million in annual rental and RM5.5 million to maintain the VVIP government jet ACJ319, the private aircraft used to ferry prime ministers much like the Air Force One in the US.

On top of that, as much as RM44 million of taxpayers money have been used to fund the prime minister’s overseas travel since 2008.

The revelation came amid Putrajaya’s call for the Malaysian public to “change its lifestyle” and adapt to the government’s spending cuts as it aims to trim down its ballooning debt.

Opposition MPs have branded the call hypocritical since government leaders were still living lavishly as seen from their hefty allowances and huge monthly paychecks.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/no-harm-in-rosmah-representing-malaysia-abroad-says-putrajaya#sthash.mgl1AmPy.dpuf

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As per disclosed in Parliament, Federal Government spend almost RM35 million per annum to pay and maintain the ACJ319. That is a lot of money, to pay for an aircraft. Considering if Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak makes 8 overseas trips and 100 domestic trips in a year or there about, then that is about 32 trips (one overseas trip is equivalent four domestic trips) abroad per annum.

That is roughly RM1.1 million per overseas trips, minus the fuel charges.

Rosmah with Prime Minister of Qatar Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Bon Khalifa Al Thani

This means that the return trip to Doha would have cost the Malaysian government, in the neighbourhood of one and a quarter million Ringgit in aircraft charges, landing charges, fuel and crew.

In comparison, had the Malaysian government chartered a Malaysia Airlines B777-200 and flew Rosmah and her whole entourage to any destination to West Asia to the maximum of Cairo, the cost would be slightly less than RM1 million (everything included; meals, crew charges and fuel). The mini Jumbo could also carry journalists and other extra well wishers to the amount of probably 200 people in great comfort since the B777-200 is a 290 seater wide body airliner. That is over nine times passenger capacity as compared to the 9M-NAA ACJ319 jet.

Malaysia Airlines B737-800 with One World livery

In another comparison, an 18 seater ACJ318 VVIP jet (similar to the the Malaysian government jet) could be chartered at USD 12-15,000 per flying hour. If the cost include fuel, parking charges and other usual charges, it would be much lesser than RM1.25 million for the trip costed using the ACJ319.

Regardless whether Cabinet approved for Rosmah to use the Malaysian government jet because she is attending the event in Doha representing Malaysia, we still don’t see why she cannot fly commercial to get there. Getting her and her whole entourage to Doha and return on commercial would have cost the Malaysian government a lot less money.

Screenshot of One World

Screenshot of One World

After all, there are direct flights from KUL to DOH. Qatar Airways, for instance is part of One World where Malaysia Airlines is part of the international airlines alliance group.

It is lame for Dato’ Seri Shahidan Kassim to give an answer like that. Just because she is representing the country, therefore the Cabient decided that she could use the Malaysian government jet. Ultimately it would boils down to entitlement and what the circular stated on the use of Malaysian government assets such as the ACJ319 VVIP jet.

The ACJ319 which was acquired by PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in December 2006

Can the same facilities be extended for the Malaysian team, whenever they go to compete in the next SEA or Asian Games? How about other global sports personalities, like Dato’ Nicole David or Dato’ Lee Chong Wei?

Another interesting fact, Rosmah and her entourage could earn Enrich miles if they had flown on Qatar Airways to Doha because of the One World alliance.

Rosmah Mansor playing the diplomatic role?

All of these ‘excesses’ must end. It is the right and responsible thing to do. Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak is the Prime Minister because he is the leader of the party which got the mandate by the majority of seats in the Dewan Rakyat.

Rosmah is the wife of the Prime Minister by default. The voters did not elect her into office. Nor did the voters gave the mandate to BN because of her.

Therefore, she and the Malaysian government must be considerate in how public resources are utilised. She is entitled to be extended some facilities. However, the facilities that is being extended to her should not be more than a Deputy Minister or worse still, a Political Secretary where these appointments are at the pleasure of the Prime Minister.

Let us all be clear of all these parameters. It is not nice when the Opposition highlights indefensible sour points like this, about the indiscriminate spending of the Malaysian government. Especially centred at PMO. This will just compound the many minus perception against her and inadvertently, Prime Minister Najib as well.

*Updated 1100hrs

Published in: on November 19, 2013 at 00:01  Comments (30)  

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  1. Rosmah should learn to emulate Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah binti Haji Mohamad Ali, a professional yet demure and knows her place.

    And slim.

    • There must have been people who did not vote or voted the Opposition purely because of disgust for her.

      As I see it, she has not been helping Najib with his image building. Even his Ah Jib Gor dearies must have been put off by her one way or another.

      Rosmah is a very headstrong woman. Remember talk about her wanting to be “the First Lady” having an office of her own in PM’s Dept? Like the Chinese votes, Najib will never want to alienate or “disenfranchise” Rosmah. Najib probably says whatever it was, BN won PRU13.

      • Yes Haba

        She was even mocked and chastised for her hairdo and size in a DAP video.

      • Najib probably finds her pretty, although short, stumpy, fat and all. Imagine the amount of collagen, botox, nose jobs etc that have gone into her.

        She’s much better mentally than his first wife – she’s got a university degree, an ex-Bank Pertanian Officer. But how much that is an asset to Najib, difficult to assess. But not playing the First Lady’s role in the way Tun Dr Siti Hasmah did is certainly stupid and not helping her husband.

  2. I tried very hard not to dislike DSR.. but she really made it very difficult with her gila glamour lifestyle. Najib truly can’t control his wife. What a sorry PM that we have now. Make me longed for the time when our PM was the pride of the nation.. We Malaysians felt so safe back then.

    • Najib probably has no choice. He divorced his previous wife because he could afford to do so – she was the kind who would’t fight back in more ways than one.

      Rosmah would cause chaos if Najib does her – hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. She was said to be the kind what she wants, she gets. She has a ton of secrets about Najib that may go asunder if she is “let go”.

      • budak gemuk ni mengarut lah

        makan je banyak.

        kutuk Rosmah nak bagi Rosmah lagi popular

        jangan percaya

        dia makan 20 k sebulan dari Rosmah

      • Hoi benda Allah yang pakai nama Liza,

        Aku nak carutkan kau pun tak jadi, sebab aku hormatkan BD, ini blog dia.

        Apa kau cakap merapu takda akal nih. Aku tau kau bukan pompuan pun.

        Cakap tak masuk akal pun – kutuk orang nak jadikannya popular pulak.

        Mak bapak kau ajor camtu ke? Arau tak ngajor apa pun, nuduh tak pasal pasal, takda bukti atau justifikasi pun.

  3. The latest spying incident by the US and Australia on Indonesian leaders and their WIVES highlighted how exposed our leaders and their WIVES are to foreign spies.

    One cannot imagine the kind of information that they have gotten on ROSMAH through her phone conversations with her cronies! This could put Najib in a most disadvantaged position.

  4. It is fabulous that Pakatan Rakyat raised these sort of things in Parliament. PMO cannot spend and spend just as they like. Regardless what is the excuse.

    There must be a limit.

    Malaysian govt should hv a circular on entitlement. Every single govt related expenditure must follow the circular to the letter, at all levels.

    I hope the auditor general & PAC look into this blatant disregard for public spending, only to serve an individual’s whims and fancies

    • I titally agree.

      I hope the punlic accounts committee scrutinise this spebding. Parliamentarians shouldnt tolerate blatant abuses like this

  5. Biggie,

    You hv to ask the fundamental questions first:

    Who is this Rosmah Mansor? Is she a civil servant? Is she a contractual feature of PMO? What is her position and role in the Doha trip since there is already a cabinet minister for women and family affairs. On top of that, there is a Special Adviser to the Prime Minister with ministerial rank on the same domain.

    Why is she accorded with such benefits and facilities?

    Does spending on her, being audited? Under which Operating Budget?

    PM Najib the Felinist must be aware all these expenditure incurred by Rosmah and her group is resources from Federal Govt kitty.

    So, at the end of the day who is responsible for all these?

    I am a tax payer and I want to know where my money is spent on.

    • Dear Taxpayer,

      She’s Spending your money to Syiok Sendiri.

  6. I cant describe what i feel in words when i read this posting. Something in my stomach churned and my head, felt a bit hot.

    Even that lembu betina got to hitch a god damn ride? And how the hell can that fat ugly looking mofo wife of najib represent malaysia? In what fucking capacity is she serving?

    Hope she realizes that she is tarnishing malaysias name. People abroad must think “are all malaysians fat, shiny, high cholostrol, obnoxious, stammer, smell, sweat as much as this ugly 1st lady of theirs?”

    Just because u suck najibs cock, dont mean cracker shit u big ugly hideous rhino. There should be uproar.

    Where does the buck stop? It will never stoo because as proven by shahidan kassims lame ass reply, he is also sucking najibs cock and so it goes round and round.

  7. This got me thinking. Why cant Rosmah fly commercial?

    She is just “Representing the country'”. No difference from when ministers in their various capacities and obligations represent Malaysia.

    With the exception of the defence minister, all other ministers fly commercial.

    So why can’t she fly commercial too?

    Does she thinks she is the same stature as the Raja Permaisuri Agong?

    BTW, Ive personally seen several Sultans fly Malaysia Airlines when they travel abroad. Probably only Sultan Pahang uses the BBJ every now and then. Then again, his highness is Col-in-Chief for TUDM.

    • As has been said earlier, Rosmah gets what she wants. And she wants what most others can’t get. Like being a PM’s wife. Like riding the Executive jet.

      Nothing anyone can do about it. Unless Najib is got rid of from the UMNO President/ PM’s post.

      • Ahhhh Back To Normal!

        Rosmah Bashing! When will you all realise that this is all Futile.

        She’s Here to Stay. Perhaps another 20 Years!

        Get Used to It.

      • 20 years, Blackey? Lu tengok bomoh mana? Fung shui ka?

        Rosmah bashing? What will you do? Jilat-ing?

  8. IMELDA MANSOR…

  9. The current govt is noted for its wastage eg.the RM7.2bn expenditure on hiring private and foreign consultants for govt projects from
    2009 till to-date. The use of govt aircraft by a non executive person i.e not a member of the Cabinet is unbecoming and the fact that it was approved by the Cabinet speaks volume of the rubber stamp nature of the cabinet. They should have say no and let Rosmah took the commercial flight instead. Another waste of taxpayers money. What makes ordinary Malaysians so livid is as to how the govt had the audacity to tax people, allow credit and loan squeeze policy to continue to be imposed , allow property valuation ( cukai pintu) in KL to be increased by as much as 200% ( dah hilang akal?), and had the audacity to tell people to spend prudently so as not to have high household debts, whilst the govt debt is equally high as it continues to waste. The current PM is so incompetent and has failed to use political will to intervene in policies to avert severe hardship to ordinary Malaysians. The current economic situation of Malaysians is really bad and terhempit and yet nobody in this self-absorbed govt bothers to intercede and to see if measures can be taken to mitigate the situation. We see cabinet ministers making trips overseas, one after another whilst they fail to see domestic situations are totally unwell with no Doctor in the house.

  10. Rosmah vanity Mansor.

  11. Did Azmin really made research before he admit to comment about Rosmah’s appearence to welcoming Hillary Rotham Clinton ?

    You also should see and hear Hillary’s Speech at 96’s Democratic National Convention

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/july-dec96/hillary-clinton.html

    It’s a trend to send first lady (Elected by rakyats) to any functions regarding to women’s Affair. Its same like Hillary did whilst she had a first lady post .

  12. hei budak gemuk ..

    kau dah makan banyak duit BN… sekarang kau nak tikam pula
    orang yg suap kau makan..

    tak cukup ke kau dapat 20 k sebulan dari Rosmah????

    nak makan lebih lagi??? meh joint aku masuk DAP.

    budak gemuk tak sedar diri

    • Kau ni kangjar nampaknya. Ngata BN korap, DAP pun korap.

      Sabenarnya kepala kau yang korap. Badan kau penuh dengan kurap. Kotor sepenuhnya.

      Tu lah, dulu tak mau belajor. Sekarang otak kosong, masuk sana masuk sini cakap tak tentu arah. Macam binatang aje.

    • KESIAN BUDAK BIOL INI !
      Tanjung Rambutan Ada kosong ……welcoming you.

  13. BigDog,

    All these Negativities…
    Let’s be Constructive. To avoid these complications in the future, Najib should make Rosmah a Minister..Preferably Deputy Prime Minister (Since she appears to be more popular Internationally than the current DPM).

    She can then use the Executive Jet and Represent or Replace Najib when Necessary. That way the Nasty Opposition cannot Putar Belit Anymore!

  14. Sir, In April 2008, the brilliant Lee Kuan Yew with his 11 failed Policies for Singapore paid an ill-advised triumphant tour of the ULUS to congratulate his cohorts, digits and side-kicks and had tea in a salon drinking out of fine English bone porcelain. The erstwhile MCA leader (a party ignored by the great man as corrupt) decked out in his finest red Mandarin silks to meet him probably seeking for the job of Ambassador to Beijing. This was before the dysfunctional meritocratic pyramid of yes-men with the smartest fellow on top lost US$108 Billions (RM350 Billions/Malaysia’s foreign reserves – US$140 Billions) in October 2008 on Wall Street. Man proposes. God disposes.

  15. […] controversy of Prime Minister’s wife Datin Sri Rosmah Mansor’s recent trip to Qatar for the International Forum for Women Enterpre… using the Malaysian Government ACJ319 VIP jet 9M-NAA is still fresh on people’s mind. This is […]

  16. […] all, Datin Sri Rosmah Mansor is just a consort and not an official, unlike elected representatives or commissioned officers of His Majesty’s […]

  17. […] is so unlike Prime Minister Najib, where his wife Datin Sri Rosmah Mansor several times travelled using the Malaysian Government facilities and expend…e such as the ACJ319 VVIP jet. The most recent was the Women International Entrepreneur Forum in […]


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