15 February 2016
Local movie ‘Ola Bola’ has brought back memories of the good old days for many Malaysians, including CIMB group chairman Nazir Razak, who felt sad after watching the movie because he thought corruption and racism has undermined our nation building.
In an Instagram post yesterday, the younger brother of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said he loved the movie as it brought back memories of being at Merdeka Stadium on that glorious night of the national football team.
“More importantly, it was a powerful reminder of a better Malaysia back then.
“Corruption subsequently damaged our football.
“Corruption and racism has undermined our nation building. Felt very sad afterwards,” said Nazir.
30 January 2016
Malaysia’s political climate akin to Game Of Thrones says banker Nazir Razak
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Malaysia’s political climate akin to Game Of Thrones says banker Nazir Razak
PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Prominent Malaysian banker Nazir Razak has compared the country’s political climate with that of the plot of the popular HBO series Game Of Thrones, as he lamented that he was afraid for Malaysia’s future.
CIMB group chairman Datuk Seri Nazir Razak, who is the younger brother of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, on Saturday (Jan 30) shared a poster of the show on Instagram, showing one of the show’s characters standing on a ship’s deck while it sails into the mist.
“So what lies ahead? The parallels with GoT (Game Of Thrones) continue,” Nazir wrote on his Instagram account. “The future terrifies me: I just can’t see how our institutions can recover, how our political atmosphere can become less toxic, how our international reputation can be repaired,” he added.
“I think we have to pause, fix our moral compass and deal with our structural problems holistically,” he wrote.
The HBO show Game Of Thrones is based on George R.R. Martin’s epic A Song Of Ice And Fire fantasy novel series.
17 January 2016
17 January 2016 | MYT 9:14 PM
Nazir questions if Malaysia has lost faith in young leaders
PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Nazir Razak has questioned if Malaysia has lost faith in its generation of young leaders.
In an Instagram post on Sunday, the CIMB group chairman shared a montage depicting some of the country’s well-known leaders in the 60s and 70s who had been appointed to their positions at a young age.
“Have we lost faith in young leaders? Razak (DPM at 37), Razaleigh (MOF at 39), Thanabalasingam (Navy Chief at 31), Sulaiman (Air Force Chief at 33), Hanif (IGP at 35),” he said in a caption accompanying the image.
“Yet (the) average Malaysian is much younger today,” added Nazir, who is the younger brother of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
14 January 2016
Malay Mail Online
Dad feared corruption of absolute power, says Razak Hussein’s banker son
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 — Malaysia’s second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein would be disappointed with the nation’s ineffective checks and balances against the potential abuses of concentrated power in the hands of the executive if he were still alive today, according to his son and CIMB Group chairman Datuk Seri Nazir Razak.
Nazir, the younger brother of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, said their father was selfless in his dedication to nation-building and feared the corruption of absolute power.
“I think he would be disappointed by the fact that Malaysians are even more divided by race and religion today than in the 1970s, and that our version of parliamentary democracy has evolved into one where power is too concentrated, and the system of checks and balances do not function effectively,” he told The Star daily in an interview commemorating the 40th anniversary of Abdul Razak’s death published today.
Asked of his father’s values as a politician, he noted that following the bloody race riots of May 13, 1969, Abdul Razak had returned power to Parliament in 1971, overriding recommendation from his advisers to continue ruling the country as head of the then National Operations Council.
“He feared the corruption of absolute power and volunteered to be checked and balanced. As I have said elsewhere, over the years, power has become too centralised and concentrated,” the banker said.
Both houses of Parliament recently passed the National Security Council (NSC) Bill which critics say is too open to abuse as it concentrates too much authority in a select panel chaired by the prime minister and its decisions cannot be questioned in a court of law.
– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/dad-feared-corruption-of-absolute-power-says-razak-husseins-banker-son?utm_content=buffer6df31&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#sthash.KRjumbUP.dpuf
3 November 2015
Malaysia’s image needs restoring, says Najib’s brother Nazir Razak
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Nazir Razak, the chairman of Malaysian bank CIMB, said political uncertainty facing the government led by his elder brother is the biggest concern for foreign investors looking at the once-stable country.
Speaking to Reuters on Saturday at a country club on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, where his bank was hosting a golf tournament, 48-year-old Nazir said the “central issue for Malaysia” was restoring its reputation for political stability.
Nazir did not discuss his brother’s political problems, but said investigations into 1MDB should be concluded quickly, and the findings made public if the government is going to restore confidence in the way Malaysia is being run.
“The sooner we deal with the 1MDB overhang, the better,”said Nazir, the chairman of South-east Asia’s fifth-largest bank, and Malaysia’s second-largest by assets.
The scandal has taken its toll on the energy-exporting country, already hit by a slump in global oil prices.
28 September 2015
Simon Thong retweeted Abdul Rahman Dahlan
We HEAR him, the respected banker. Not YOU, politician. Listen to HIM.
Simon Thong added,
Simon Thong retweeted malaysiakini.com
Complain to the PM! LOL https://weehingthong.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/nazir-razak/ …
Simon Thong added,
Respected bankers dont shoot from the hip and trigger happy. They are composed and calm. Unless of course they are part time politicians!
Be part of the solution, not the problem. Be tactful since ur statement can impact an already challenging economy!
Respected bankers hv great restraint in demeanor &conduct. They dont mix serious economic view postings inbetween posts of jogging&eat outs!
Don’t spook the market, Rahman Dahlan warns banker
BN strategic communications director Abdul Rahman Dahlan has warned a banker against making Instagram posts that can spook the market.
“However politically tempting it is, a banker must refrain from making statements which only add to anxiety of the market. That’s paramount.
“Using Instagram to discuss economic issues of great impact to Malaysia is not wise. Use official platform. Don’t trivialise the issues,” he tweeted today.
Rahman did not mention any names, but it is quite clear he was criticising CIMB group boss Nazir Abdul Razak.
The housing, local government, and urban wellbeing minister retweeted a message saying a screenshot of his rants should be sent to Nazir.
He also said that the banker in question was part of an economic committee.
Nazir Razak calls for answers over Malaysia’s junk status
Nazir Razak calls for answers over Malaysia’s ‘junk’ status http://bit.ly/1gPW3Ky
Worried over Malaysia’s placing in the junk category by credit-default-swap (CDS) traders, prominent banker Datuk Seri Nazir Razak today urged the authorities to answer ongoing financial controversies.
Writing on his Instagram account, the CIMB group chairman (pic, right) and brother of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said:
“This is worrying. The market is much more negative about Malaysia than the rating agencies, taking us into junk category, way below our fundamentals.
“Suspect it’s due to so much negative coverage in WSJ, FT and NYT – all ‘capital’ people read at least one if not all of them.
“We have to change the current narrative about Malaysia with answers or legal suits; can’t just ignore them.”
13 September 2015
Malay Mail Online
Nazir Razak says won’t be wearing red on September 16
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 — Datuk Seri Nazir Razak today said he will not wear red on September 16, in apparent rejection of the controversial “Red Shirt” rally ostensibly to defend Malay honour on the day.
In a post on the Instagram photo-sharing site, the brother to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said that he will instead spend Malaysia Day rejoicing over the country’s multicultural richness.
“On 16th September I will be celebrating diversity — racial, religious, cultural — that defines Malaysia. I won’t be wearing red,” the CIMB Group chairman wrote.
Set for next Wednesday, the rally alternately called Himpunan Maruah Melayu and Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu will be held in the city centre by Malay groups wearing red shirts to counter the purported Chinese domination of the Bersih 4 rally.
4 September 2015
Malay Mail Online
Malaysia in the ‘darkest’ of times, claims PM’s brother
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 4 — Datuk Seri Nazir Razak today took to social media again to express his concerns over the state of the country, claiming that Malaysia is facing its “darkest” of times.
The brother of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak posted a collage of three pictures on photo sharing site Instagram, depicting current issues that appear to imply that the country is at an all-time low.
“I don’t remember a time when just absolutely everything seems to be going badly for Malaysia. I pray that this is the darkest before dawn,” read the caption on the CIMB group chairman’s post earlier today.
The first picture showed a man with a face mask standing in front of a hazy Petronas Twin Towers which highlighted the worsening haze situation this week.
The second picture showed a graph depicting the ringgit’s downwards trajectory against the US dollar, while the third picture highlighted the 10-nil drubbing of Malaysia’s national football team by the United Arab Emirates last night in a World Cup qualifying match.
25 August 2015
Nazir: To help economy, stop saying ‘stupid things’
People in power should stop saying “stupid things” in order to help the economy, said CIMB Group chairperson Nazir Razak.
In a posting on Instagram today, Nazir posted a photograph of to describe a bearish stock market and asked if the bull run was dead.
“Dead or wounded? China will determine. But a new normal (of relative values) will prevail for most emerging markets. Accept and adjust quickly.
“Meanwhile, capital is super sensitive; bad news & bad signs amplified, so ‘power’ people must avoid saying stupid things,” he wrote.
Nazir’s comments come in the wake of the record 1,000 point Dow Jones Industrial Average plunge on Monday and new record lows set by the ringgit against the US dollar.
Free Malaysia Today
Nazir takes dig at Najib
CIMB boss posts Instagram picture with message “Fear god, not the government”.
KUALA LUMPUR: Nazir Razak has taken another dig at his elder brother and Prime Minister Najib Razak with an Instagram post saying, “we should fear god more, government less.”
Nazir, the group chairman of CIMB , posted a picture of himself at a panel discussion at the Asian Institute of Finance Symposium 2015 here yesterday with the message: “AIF Symposium panel on ethics, transparency & professionalism in banking. Concluded that we should fear God more, Government less!”
A day earlier, Nazir posted a photo of himself with Bank Negara Malaysia governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz, who is embroiled in an imbroglio over 1Malaysia Development Berhad, and International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde with the note: “My moment with 2 icons of global finance”.
Three days earlier, Nazir posted a picture of Najib and former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin at his bank’s Hari Raya open house, calling it “the last supper”.
PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Malaysian banker Datuk Seri Nazir Razak has posted a photo of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his ex-deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Instagram, calling it the duo’s “last supper” together.
The picture was taken at a Raya Open House hosted by Nazir on July 27, one day before Muhyiddin was dropped from the Cabinet.
“One for the history books – Oblivious (host) to their last supper together,” the CIMB group chairman posted from his account, nazir.razak, on Sunday.
In the picture, Najib and Muhyiddin were all smiles as they shared a light moment with Nazir, who is the younger brother of the Prime Minister.
Muhyiddin, who is Umno deputy president was dropped as deputy prime minister in a Cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday.
Wednesday July 29, 2015 MYT 4:30:56 PM
Nazir Razak warns of Malaysia’s ‘Game of Thrones’
PETALING JAYA: CIMB Group chairman Datuk Seri Nazir Razak has warned that Malaysia’s political storm may turn into a “Game of Thrones” if left unchecked.
“Through this political turmoil, we must preserve & protect the integrity of our institutions or we descend into a game of thrones,” Nazir, the youngest brother of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, wrote on his Instagram account nazir.razak.
The post carried an image of character Eddard Stark, the second in command in the kingdom of Westeros, who was put to death for threatening to expose a high-stakes scandal.
A famous quote from the series “Game of thrones. You win or you die,” was written on the image.
Game of Thrones is a highly popular fantasy series by HBO which revolves around the politics and governance of the medieval-inspired land of Westeros.
Malaysian banker Nazir Razak says standing for freedom of expression after slamming The Edge suspensions http://bit.ly/1JGPa5K
The CIMB Group chairman had on Friday condemned the Home Ministry’s suspension of business weekly The Edge over its reports on the scandal-hit state company 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
“It’s not for The Edge. It’s for freedom of opinion, freedom of expression, that’s all,” said Nazir, when reporters asked him on his views about the suspension on Sunday. “This is not defending anyone, this is the principal freedom of the media,” he was quoted saying by The Star.
In a post on his Instagram on Friday, Nazir had voiced his objection over the move, saying that the publication had been “a pillar of the business community”.
“The Edge has a big role in keeping us informed, honest and competitive. Recent 1MDB coverage seemed outstanding but if there were flaws, then correct them or take legal recourse. I condemn the suspension and my thoughts go to all affected staff.” Nazir was under the spotlight when he attended former premier Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s Hari Raya open house in Putrajaya on Sunday.
Sunday July 26, 2015 MYT 8:21:33 PM
Nazir Razak under spotlight at Abdullah’s Raya open house
PUTRAJAYA: CIMB Group chairman Datuk Seri Nazir Razak came under the spotlight at former premier Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s Hari Raya open house here.
When he walked over to his elder brother, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Abdullah to have a chat, press photographers and even guests shuttered away on their cameras to capture the moment.
Nazir had condemned the Home Ministry’s suspension of business weekly The Edge over its reports on 1Malaysia Development Bhd. “It’s not for The Edge. It’s for freedom of opinion, freedom of expression, that’s all.
“This is not defending anyone, this is the principle freedom of the media,” said Nazir, when reporters asked him on his views about the suspension on Sunday.
“I had a private conversation with my brother, I won’t share it with you,” Nazir said when asked if he spoke to the Prime Minister about The Edge.
Nazir Razak joins call to boost English proficiency, says workforce losing competitive edge http://bit.ly/1Vnzjlr
Zaid wants Nazir, royals to enter political arena
… Malaysia, according to Zaid Ibrahim, is in need of new leaders with clear heads to change the nation for the better. And topping the former law minister’s list is Nazir Razak, the brother of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and chairperson of CIMB. “He has the ‘Razak’ name, which is worth a pot of gold, and he can be our future prime minister if he wants it badly enough,” he added. Zaid also hopes Nazir would rope in other young Malays, especially those from the royal households, into the political arena. “Of course they have to sacrifice their comfortable lives a bit, as they need to wade into the mud and accept the criticisms that will come their way. “As I said earlier, the royals may have to sacrifice the throne if they want to go into politics. But the country needs them now more than ever. “If King Edward VIII was willing to sacrifice the throne for a woman he loved, surely the Royals can also do that for the country,” he added in his blog post. http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/305273 —
Malaysian banker Nazir Razak says fears for nation’s future after Low Yat mall brawl http://bit.ly/1CD8Zhn
… PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Malaysian banker Datuk Seri Nazir Razak wants racism to be made illegal saying he fears for the future of Malaysia. Touching on the Low Yat Plaza brawl last Sunday, Nazir, who is CIMB Group chairman and youngest brother of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, wrote on his Instagram account: “When a silly handphone theft results in racial brawls, I fear for their future. Let’s define and make racism illegal to bring us closer together.” Nazir also attached a photograph featuring children of various races wearing their traditional costumes. – See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysian-banker-nazir-razak-says-fears-for-nations-future-after-low-yat-mall-brawl#sthash.6dfadFpr.dpuf —
Banker Nazir Razak eyes link between his NGO and PAS rebels http://str.sg/CGg
Representative for banker’s planned political platform has held talks with new GHB group
Banker Nazir Razak, the younger brother of beleaguered Prime Minister Najib Razak, may link his planned political platform with rebels from Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) who were defeated in the Islamic party’s internal polls last month, a move that could further shake the ruling Umno’s grip on Malaysia’s Malay majority.
Datuk Seri Nazir, 48, is setting up a non-governmental organisation (NGO) as he seeks ways to change the direction Malaysia is headed, with former Umno deputy minister Saifuddin Abdullah as its public face.
The Straits Times understands that Datuk Saifuddin has held exploratory talks last month with the Gerakan Harapan Baru (New Hope Movement), or GHB, which groups progressive PAS leaders.
Parit Buntar MP Mujahid Yusof Rawa, a key figure of GHB, which was formally launched on Monday, confirmed the meeting, but told The Straits Times “I need to discuss the proposals with the rest of the group before deciding” on a link-up with Mr Nazir’s NGO.
Mr Saifuddin said he “exchanged notes with Mujahid on what we plan to do as they have often worked across the political divide in the past”.
Mr Saifuddin told The Straits Times: “We broadly agreed to continue cooperation in the future. If, for example, one of us starts an NGO and the other a new party, we will work closely and consult each other.”
He was deputy higher education minister in the Najib administration for five years to 2013.
The GHB includes former PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu, former vice-president Salahuddin Ayub and 14 elected lawmakers. Mr Nazir, chief of Malaysia’s second-largest bank, CIMB, has grown more vocal concerning national issues this year, unlike the rest of the largely benign corporate captains.
Malay Mail Online Put country and people before self, Nazir Razak urges
KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 — The prime minister’s brother, Datuk Seri Nazir Razak, yesterday made a plea to unnamed individuals to put the country’s interests before their own during these “dark political times”.
The CIMB Group chairman and avid social media commentator sent the message via the Instagram photo-sharing service as a caption to the image of the national monument.
“They gave their lives so we could build a nation. In this darkest of political times we must remember to place the country & the rakyat first. “Not personal interests, not personal loyalties, not even party politics,” he wrote. Nazir did not identify the intended recipients of his message. – See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/put-country-and-people-before-self-nazir-razak-urges?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed#sthash.hoKGMuXb.dpuf —
‘Truth next exit’ alludes Nazir Razak on Instagram http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/303468
‘Truth next exit’, alludes Nazir Razak on Instagram
CIMB chairperson, Nazir Razak today made an allusive post ‘Truth Next Exit’ on Instagram today, taken from the cover of a book by Michelle M Paiva adding “he hoped so”.
The youngest brother of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was referring to the self-help book titled ‘Truth, Next Exit: No Excuses Scripture as your Personal Trainer and Life Coach’.
He further commented: “Our institutions must get us there quickly. Malaysians feeling truth deprived – depressing and divisive. After truth we can find reconciliation.”
When asked by another user whether the truth of the matter was if we were willing to turn off the exit, Nazir replied: “straight ahead is Orwellian society!”
George Orwell’s groundbreaking novel 1984 describes a totalitarian state which exercised almost total control over the public and private activities of its citizens.
It is uncertain to whom Nazir was referring to but the top banker has been critical of his brother Najib’s pet project 1MDB project, which is now subject to investigations by the auditor general and the Public Accounts Committee.
Across the causeway, they are watching developments over here in Malaysia.
Malaysian PM Najib’s brother Nazir Razak says Malaysians feeling ‘truth-deprived’ on Instagram
Nazir Razak hopes Malaysians will find ‘truth’ soon http://bit.ly/1KjQ5wD