The lifestyle of cabinet ministers and their kins has again come under public scrutiny following the assault case allegedly involving Mohamad Nedim, son of de-facto Law minister Nazri Aziz.
The responses by netizens to news reports about the incident, based on a police report lodged by a security guard who alleged that Nedim and his bodyguards had manhandled him, reveal the depth of anger among ordinary citizens to the kind of behaviour displayed in public by the likes of Nedim.
In the past, such a public contempt made newspaper headlines, during the height of the constitutional crisis in 1993, sparked by the assault case involving the then Sultan of Johor and a hockey coach, both of whom had since deceased. It led to a controversial but popular amendment to clip the immunity hitherto enjoyed by royalties, particularly when faced with criminal charges.
In the case of Nedim, such contempt from the public as can be seen on online social media extends beyond his alleged misbehaviour. The focus has shifted to the fact that at the time of the incident, the young Nedim was driving a Porsche, and had bodyguards accompanying him in a luxury MPV.
One is now able to understand the claim by PKR de-facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, when he described the next general election a 'class war' between the rich and poor.
Nedim and his busy schedule
Harakahdaily has stumbled upon photographs of Nedim and his circle of friends posted under his account on the image-sharing site Lockerz (above), giving the public a glimpse of this personality, but more importantly, they offer a pictorial explanation of the rich-poor gap that continues to divide Malaysians.
From "chillin by the pool", participating in a convoy of luxury sports cars, holidaying in Europe to dining at fine restaurants, Nedim is the epitome of Malaysia's "one percent", the current parlance for elites of society who own the bulk of a country's wealth at the cost of 99 per cent of the population. One should not expect such characters to have any inkling about the complaints of rising costs of living that have coloured political debates around the world.
Of course, not unlike sons of recently deposed leaders of the Middle East, there are also the symbolic gestures by the rich, and in Nedim's case, he brandishes a photograph of him "breaking fast with anak yatim" (orphans).
SILVER SPOONS ... Nadem's 'bubur ayam' for sahur
His political views, needless to say, are a chip off the old block. In one posting on Lockerz, he published a Twitter message containing UMNO's now-familiar name-calling of election reforms coalition Bersih: "Kepala hotak PKR,DAP and ambiga babi!", with a poster saying that Bersih's rally was for the sake of a 'sodomite'.
He also has a picture to 'prove' his attendance in the optional Tarawih prayers during Ramadan, not to mention his favourite chicken porridge in a plate of gold, for his sahur (pre-dawn meal during Ramadan).
With such a lifestyle and display of wealth that is out of sync with the realities faced by Malaysian working adults, it is little wonder then that Nedim's father was at the forefront of attacks against the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for suggesting that cabinet members and families declare their wealth.
The young chairman
Nedim, according to his Twitter account, is chairman of Harrison (M) Berhad in addition to his post as director of Charisma Positief, which turns out to be a company selling used, presumably luxury, cars.
Presumably, this is the same 'Harrison' which has its website at harrisons a company which has its origins in Sabah, and concentrates its businesses in East Malaysia, dealing with "marketing, sales, warehousing and distribution of fast moving consumer goods, building materials, engineering products and agricultural chemicals; operation of shipping and travel agencies".
BOTTLED TASTE ... One of the wine brands available at Harrison's wine shop
One of its clients listed under its fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) division is Asia Pacific Brewery, dealing with such brands like Tiger Beer, Heineken, Anchor, Guinness, Anglia and Malta.
Indeed, one of Harrison's subsidiaries, Harrisons Marketing and Services Sdn. Bhd, is set up to specialise in the business of fine wine, with a large retail store located at Jalan 222, Petaling Jaya.
In the unlikely situation that cabinet ministers are required to declare their wealth, these information, if true, would spell disaster to Nazri more than his son.
After all, Nedim has made it known that he is least bothered with the publicity around him.
"I seem to attract haters/poor media and I enjoy every moment of it," says a message introducing himself on Twitter.- harakahdaily
Anak menteri serang pak guard...
Samseng, itu lah ayat yang paling sopan boleh diberikan kepada seorang anak menteri yang lebih rela bergaduh hanya kerana tidak mahu turun untuk mengisi borang atau butiran diri di sebuah kondominium disini.
Anak menteri tersebut didakwa menyerang seorang penyelia keselamatan di sebuah kondominium mewah di Mount Kiara pada malam Selasa lalu.
Ketua Polis Daerah Polis Brickfields, Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid ketika dihubungi hari ini mengesahkan bahawa dua laporan polis berkaitan dengan kejadian itu telah dibuat. "Kes diklasifikasikan mengikut Seksyen 160 Kanun Keseksaan kerana terbabit dengan pergaduhan," katanya, yang keberatan memberikan butiran lanjut kes itu.
Seorang jurucakap pengurusan kondominium itu mengesahkan bahawa terdapat perbalahan kecil antara anggota keselamatan dan tetamu bangunan itu.
Beliau enggan mengulas lanjut dan berkata butiran kejadian perlu dirujuk kepada polis. Menurut sumber, kejadian berkenaan sempat dirakamkan melalui kamera CCTV.
Pengurusan kondominium itu juga dikatakan sedang menghadapi tekanan supaya ‘menutup’ kejadian itu kerana firma-firma keselamatan bergantung kepada kelulusan kerajaan persekutuan untuk memperbaharui lesen operasi mereka.
Pada kejadian itu, anak menteri berkenaan Mohamad Nedim Mohd Nazri Aziz, yang memandu kereta sport Porsche ke kondominium teresebut. Beliau diikuti oleh pengawal keselamatannya yang memandu sebuah MPV mewah.
Pengawal peribadi itu dilaporkan turun dari kenderaannya untuk mendaftar butir-butir peribadi bagi tetamu yang melawat bangunan itu tetapi pengawal kondominium berkeras bahawa kedua-dua pemandu mesti berbuat demikian secara berasingan.
Ini menyebabkan pertengkaran hangat dan penyelia keselamatan dipanggil bagi menyelesaikan masalah itu tetapi perkara sebaliknya berlaku.- really.tigaline.com
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