Dr Mahathir questions source of Najib’s wealth


(The Malaysian Insider) – Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today joined the chorus of voices asking Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to explain his outsized wealth, following claims that the money was from family inheritance.

The former prime minister said this was what the people wanted to know after Najib’s stepson, Riza Aziz, burst into the Hollywood scene as co-producer for the Oscar-nominated “Wolf of Wall Street” movie, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, two years ago.

“The movie did not rake in any profits. It is impossible that the money made from the movie was used to purchase luxury properties worth millions of US dollars,” Dr Mahathir said in a blog posting.

“The question is, if the money had not come from Tun Razak’s family, then where did such a large amount come from? Is it from a business? If yes, what business, where? Has the income tax been paid? To which government?”

Riza had raised eyebrows with a series of property purchases despite his previous job as a junior banker in London.

A recent New York Times article featured businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, and his wealth as well as his role as a property investor, whose transactions involved various parties, including Riza.