Malaysians have the right to know what their leaders are up to.
The Prime Minister’s wife, who goes by the title First Lady of Malaysia, has made a name for herself not by her philanthropic efforts, unfortunately, but by the public’s association of her with all things expensive.
But the public had better beware. It has become dangerous to get on Rosmah Mansor’s wrong side, as The Heat recently found out.
The weekly’s publisher has received a show-cause letter from the Home Ministry, believed to be over the front-page article of its Nov 23-29 issue, “All eyes on big spending Najib”.
It is also believed that editor-in-chief David Lee Boon Siew was summoned to the ministry a week ago and told to tone down the magazine’s reports.
HCK Media, the publisher, has 14 days to reply to the show-cause letter, which was issued late last week.
In this country, speaking the truth comes at a price, particularly when it is Rosmah who is being spoken about.
Still, there should be no excuse for hiding the truth. Malaysians have every right to know what their leaders and their immediate family members are up to. This is especially applicable to Rosmah because she seems to be doing what the rakyat has paid others to do.
At least that’s what her defenders, including her husband, tell us.
According to her blog, Rosmah actively champion’s women’s issues. That’s well and good. All of her predecessors were also, in one way or another, involved with women’s issues and welfare programmes, but none of them attracted controversy.