The issue was highlighted by American daily The New York Times and one story was also translated into Bahasa Malaysia and spread in social media and in Pakatan Rakyat (PR) media.
"There is no issue with his wealth," said Bung Mokhtar.
"His siblings are all in business so the wealth comes from these businesses."
Full article: http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=473202:bung-mokhtar-bombshell-najibs-wealth-from-his-siblings-who-are-all-in-business-did-the-razak-brothers-get-extras-from-najib?&Itemid=2#ixzz3TxNmrBGJ
Bung Mokhtar's explanation that 'his (Najib's) siblings are all in business so the wealth comes from these businesses' is so lame that I wonder how many take him seriously on that, even though it is a known fact that many people already consider him a joker rather than a politician.
How many of us can claim that having very rich siblings, we can spend like they do, as though their wealth belong to us? In fact, often, we find siblings are at loggerheads with each other instead and more likely, they are likely to help only when one is in dire straits, and not providing unlimited allowance for him to spend as he likes as of right.
By claiming that the wealth comes from his siblings' businesses, is he saying that Najib has a share in each of their businesses? If so, isn't it corruption if a serving PM is known to have a share in his siblings' businesses where his official decisions could directly or indirectly help those businesses?
It is no secret that Najib's siblings, especially Nazir (helming CIMB, through mergers and acquisitions), have increased their wealth tremendously during the past few years. But to think that Najib and Rosmah could have depended on them for their extravagance (we are talking about tens of millions or even hundreds of millions) does not make sense at all.
Most people have accepted the notion that our second PM, Tun Abdul Razak, had been a frugal man in words and actions, and therefore did not leave fantastic inheritance to his widow and children.
It is also unlikely that Najib has sufficient interests in his brothers' businesses to have supported the kind of lavish spending highlighted in both foreign and local presses.
The conclusion seems to point to Najib having gathered much wealth during his years as a political leader, in positions like CM of Pahang; minister in various important ministries like Defence; as DPM; and currently as PM.
Unless and until there are transparency and accountability in disclosures, we can only guess where the real sources of wealth came from.
Is it surprising or not that we have come to accept ministers enriching themselves during their years in positions of power, and that Najib is only now being questioned about his extraordinary wealth?