22 October 2018
The millionaire mother’s abuse of her child
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COLUMN | There is a Malay expression, “Bapak borek, anak rintek“. The latest adaptation, is “Bapa borek, anak rintek, cucu pun dua-kali-lima” (like father, like child and grandchild).
Nurulhidayah Ahmad Zahid is a ‘datuk’, a fashion designer, and the head of corporate communications at Syarikat Perumahan Negara Bhd. She is alleged to be a multimillionaire, and almost a billionaire; but in the eyes of many, Nurulhidayah has failed as a mother, a woman and a Malay.
Last week, Malaysians were treated to a 28-second video clip starring her nine-year-old daughter, and granddaughter of Umno-Baru president, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Dressed in a mock orange MACC felon’s T-shirt, the child issued a threat in English: “…I would make your life un-peaceful (sic).”
Only a daft and unthinking person would abuse a child in such a vile manner and teach her to seek revenge.
Suspicion naturally fell on her mother, Nurulhidayah, a woman whose arrogance is legendary. The child would not have issued the threat without adequate prompting and coaching from her mother, who then posted the vile message on her Instagram account. How irresponsible.
How could she ask her daughter to say: “…I will make you regret your life. Remember – I am only nine-years-old and I am my country’s future”?
Nurulhidayah’s parenting skills need examination. People are furious with the manner in which Zahid and his former boss, the disgraced former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak, almost bankrupted Malaysia and left it with an RM1 trillion debt.
The child may be targeted by cybertrolls. She may suffer a backlash at school, for defending a man who is reputed to be a thug.
Her grandfather Zahid is not an exemplary politician. He threatened journalists and newspapers. He claimed to be the friend of the Malay triad, Tiga Line. His incoherent rumblings at the United Nations put Malaysia to shame. He is alleged to have assaulted Nurulhidayah’s one-time male companion, Amir Bazli Abdullah.
What will Nurulhidayah tell the daughter if the charges levied against Zahid by the MACC are proven in court?
With a father who was the former deputy prime minister, Nurulhidayah was feared and could do no wrong. In 2015, she slagged-off MAS stewardesses for being old. In a Facebook rant, she accused Bersih 4 organisers of being stupid. She toyed with the idea of putting herself up for election in Kajang, but even Zahid knew her limits and that she was courting trouble, and stopped her.
It is commendable that she would spring to her father’s defence, just like Najib’s daughter, when he was arrested, but both women merely invited more scorn.
Her embattled father is the Umno-Baru president and leader of the opposition. Having been arrested and charged with 45 charges of criminal breach of trust, money laundering and abuse of power involving over RM114 million, he is now on RM2 million bail.
The exploitation of Nurulhidayah’s young daughter to seek revenge and issue threats is breathtaking in its display of arrogance and stupidity.
If she is dissatisfied with the treatment of her father by the Malaysian government, then perhaps she should take her father’s advice – and leave.
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21 October 2018
Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh says Nurulhidayah Ahmad Zahid should protect her child on the internet.
“Parents should protect their children and not allow such videos of them to be floating on the internet,” Yeoh said in a Twitter posting today.
This was after Nurulhidayah, the daughter of former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, posted a video of her child in a mock MACC lockup T-shirt.
In the video, the nine-year-old is heard saying: “I will make your life unpeaceful, I will make you regret your life.”
This was in response to the prosecution’s decision to slap charges of graft and money laundering against her grandfather.
Watch: Zahid‘s granddaughter issues defiant message to opponents.
While unflinchingly facing the camera of a mobile phone held by a fellow occupant of a moving motor vehicle, the girl declares: “You can lock my grandpa up, but not his soul and his fighting spirit. We are his family and we’ll never stop praying for him. I will make your life un-peaceful (sic). I will make you regret your life. Remember – I am only 9-years-old and I am my country’s future.”
The fiery address has chalked up over 75,000 views as of Saturday night, but comments have been disallowed for the post, despite Nurulhidayah’s 221,000 presumably sympathetic followers.
However, in spite of the fighting words, Sofee’s tone is measured and her delivery halting – halfway through her monologue she even pauses to scratch her neck and exhale slowly, as if to calm her nerves.
The jury is out on whether she had been coached.