25 July 2016
Report: Najib’s aide confirms family feud
A spokesperson for Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has reportedly confirmed the family feud that led to his stepdaughter Azrene Soraya Abdul Aziz openly rebuking her brother Riza Aziz.
The unnamed spokesperson told The Weekend Australian on Saturday that he had seen Azrene Soraya’s posting on her Facebook and Twitter accounts.
“She has a right to say what she wants to say but I can say for sure that the mother and daughter have been estranged for many years.
“We are not responding to it at the moment,” he was quoted as saying, adding that it was a private family matter.
Azrene had said that her estranged brother Riza, who is named in the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) asset forfeiture filing, is reaping what he sowed for selling his soul to the devil.
This follows the DOJ’s civil suit to seize US$1.3 billion in assets allegedly misappropriated from state investment fund 1MDB.
The 136-page document, among others, identified Riza as a central figure in the civil forfeiture suit.
Published 22 Jul 2016, 10:14 am Updated 22 Jul 2016, 6:25 pm
Riza reaps what he sowed for selling his soul, says estranged sister
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s stepson Riza Aziz, named in the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) asset forfeiture filing for allegedly using monies stolen from government investment arm 1MDB to acquire luxury assets, is reaping what he sowed for selling his soul to the devil, wrote his estranged sister in a Facebook posting.
“If Riza signed his soul to the devil to own what does not rightly belong to him, consider his debt with the devil collected and more due for collection,” wrote image consultant Azrene Soraya Abdul Aziz.
Like Riza, Azrene is a stepchild to Najib, being born out of the first marriage of the PM’s present wife Rosmah Mansor and her first husband.
However, she said that Riza was and still is someone that the family loves very much, though their love was not enough for him and those he chose to surround himself with.
“He chose, like many others before him, to have fame, wealth and adulation,” she said.
Azrene claimed that her brother is now paying the price for his transgressions, for even if Malaysia is not willing to give the justice people have prayed for, the US has delivered it – in ways that only they can justify.
“Those who know me know that I am the black sheep of the family – but that does not mean I do not love my family. People can call me heartless for what I write today but I have always stood for and done what is right, for truth and for justice even if there is a high price to pay and if it means doing the unpopular thing.
“I have always maintained that if Riza did indeed use and profit from stolen funds he needs to pay for what he has done. If he stood as proxy or as a trustee for what does not belong to him or any individual who asked him to be the ‘dutiful son’, he needs to pay for it,” she said.
Regardless of the reasons given to justify what her brother may have done, Azrene stressed that if it hurts the country and the people, then it is wrong, and must be righted.
She added that though the DOJ has decided to “cop out” by redacting the names of the corrupt government and 1MDB officials and leaving the filing open-ended, she hopes and prays for the sake of this country and all that is right, for the said individuals to be finally brought to justice.
“To everyone who thinks me heartless on this day, please remember this. My prayers for truth and justice – just like any other Malaysian – have been answered this day and will continue to be answered,” wrote the image consultant.