Khairy Jamaluddin defended today Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s official visit to Kazakhstan, and denied that the prime minister was abusing public funds to attend his daughter’s engagement.
The Umno Youth chief said on micro-blogging site Twitter that Najib was in Kazakhstan to attend the 7th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF), where he is delivering a speech today, and to return a visit made by Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev when Tun Abdullah Badawi was still the prime minister.
“PM’s Kazakh trip planned long before daughter’s engagement. In fact return visit for President Nazarbayev’s Msia trip DURING Pak Lah’s time,” he posted this morning on Twitter.
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders had accused the Umno president of using public funds to attend to personal matters.
A report by Malaysiakini this morning quoted PAS central committee member Dzulkefly Ahmad as saying “it is morally wrong to use public funds to travel to your daughter’s wedding. Najib has no class.”
Khairy (picture) told The Malaysian Insider today that these allegations were “rubbish. This WIEF was planned long ago. Kazakhstan bid to host it last year.”
The Rembau MP also attacked those on Twitter who said that the timing of the engagement and the WIEF could not just be coincidence.
“How long do you think it takes to organise a major international forum like #WIEF? You think this was done for that?” he posted.
He also chided Kuala Selangor MP Dzulkefly for “despicable lies & desperate spin.”
This led to a fierce personal exchange between the two MPs, with the PAS man telling Khairy to “ask ur conscience KJ! If ur ok... (so) be it!”
But Khairy shot back and claimed that Dzulkefly was not well-informed on the WIEF.
“You weren’t even invited were you? Should have. Great mind like you Dzul,” he said.
The prime minister’s office has not issued any statement on the matter.
ASTANA- Openness, honesty and transparency are vital if the people are to have faith that their government is working for them and not for itself.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said these guiding principles would also show that leaders and politicians were striving to lift the whole economy and not to "line their own pockets".
Good governance, he added was not the only answer to the many and complex challenges faced.
"As political leaders and as statesmen, it is up to us to show the resolve, dedication, commitment and political will required to do what is right, to right what is wrong and to prevent corruption from becoming a norm in our societies.
"We should be prepared to walk the talk and practise what we preach. And government should have no fear of criticism from the people that they serve," he said in his keynote address Wednesday at the opening of the seventh World Islamic Economic Forum here.
I used to lived in Kazakshtan for 4 years when i was little. So i can speak good RUSSIAN. My father worked for the Malaysian Embassy at that time. When I look at Najib's daughter having an affair with President of Kazakshtan's nephew, I notice that Najib's family are so attracted to central asian people. Najib had a highly controversial relationship with Altantuya and now his daughter wants to marry Daniyar Nazarbayev.........HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH