KUALA LUMPUR – April 1, 2016: The latest allegation by Wall Street Journal (WSJ) regarding Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s “multi-million ringgit spending spree” may be startling to some but there were also others who treated it as a joke.
The publication had yesterday claimed that Najib and his wife Datuk Seri Rosmah Mansor spent a total of RM60 million on holidays, shopping and jewelleries between June 2011 and December 2014.
But what had turned the supposedly serious allegations into a joke was when WSJ stated that a total of RM55 million of the money was spent at a local “luxury clothing retailer.”
And according to the WSJ report, the so-called luxury clothing retailer was Jakel Trading Berhad.
This did not go down well with scores Malaysians who took it to social media to scoff at the allegation.
They were of the opinion that although Jakel was indeed a cloth retailer, it was “ridiculous” for WSJ to identify it as a “luxury clothing retailer.”
“I bought the cloth for my ‘Baju Melayu’ (traditional Malay male garment) there at about RM10 per meter…super luxurious,” was the sarcastic response from Facebooker Mohd Nizam.
“Really Jakel is luxury? Really WSJ…That means a lot of Malaysian spend on buying a lot luxury items near ‘Hari Raya AidilFitri’ (Eid),” wrote Oll Tompock.
“I just bought some clothes from Jakel, so this means I am now an elitist for shopping at a luxury cloth retailer,” Azlan Jamian commented.
“Jakel is a luxury brand?” wrote Sumayyah Mohd Marzuki, “Oh please everyone knows Jakel is a ‘kedai kain’ (cloth retailer). There’s cheap, affordable and expensive stuffs but they’re definitely not on the same level as Chanel.”
“My wedding garments were made from Jakel’s clothes. Feel so proud of myself for wearing the same luxurious brand worn by PM and Rosmah,” wrote Hanif Kamaruddin.
Apart from the RM55 million allegedly spent at Jakel, WSJ also claimed that RM220,000 was spent at Signature Exotic Cars (a Kuala Lumpur based car dealership), RM3.3million was spent at an Italian branch of De Grisogono (a Swiss-owned jewellery store) and RM512, 194 was spent at a Chanel store in Honolulu (an exclusive fashion store).