Last weekend, our ex-prime minister, Dato’ Seri Najib Razak, reached out to his Facebook followers, asking for a donation.
According to the post, his daughter had recently set up a fund with an NGO called Gerakan Belia Sejagat in an effort to raise money to help Najib and protect activists that criticise the current government.
The post also revealed that his family has been experiencing financial pressure due to expensive lawyer fees and bail he’s had to pay. And although his family and close friends have been helping out financially, he no longer wants to burden them further.
He continued saying, “If it is not too much to ask, it would mean a lot if the public could help us out by donating to this fund. However, if you have other financial priorities already in place, then you should use your funds for those first.”
The post received a lot of responses from the public, though probably not in the way Najib was hoping… many Malaysians offered him some money management tips instead.
Here are some of the comments:
“Why don’t you sell your preloved items on Mudah and Carousell? Surely most of them were only used once. You can describe the condition as “Neelofa” (aka tip-top condition). Many people will buy it. Come on, Dato’ Seri. You can du-it/do it.”
“It’s time to ask Dato Mazlan for the latest recipe to cook cheap fried rice.”
“The price of water spinach has reduced hasn’t it?”
“I told you quinoa is expensive. Just eat rambutan brand rice is enough lah.”
“Just drive Grab. So manja, always asking for help.”
“Go look for a job Najib.. Can try setting up an online business. Anything lah that can help increase your income. As long as it’s halal.”
“For real? Previously when the public complained of financial hardships, you asked us to take up two to three jobs. Come lah, I’ll work part time with you, Dato’.”
“If you no longer have the money, don’t stay in an expensive house. Come and live in Felda, we have work opportunity for you too.”
“Najib Razak can start applying for BR1M. Or, you can eat water spinach you planted yourself. Otherwise, you can start taking up two jobs a day. Don’t just depend on the people. Now you know the meaning of the proverb ‘langit tinggi rendah‘. (This is) kifarah.”
Najib’s post comes after his detention by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in September 2018, during which he was slapped with 25 charges related to money laundering and abuse of power involving the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) funds. Later, he was charged with a RM3.5 million bail.
Before that, Najib was arrested in July and had to pay RM1 million in bail.
His wife, Rosmah Mansor, was also detained by MACC earlier this month and she received 17 charges involving money laundering and tax evasion. She was charged RM2 million bail.