The Rosmah Saga: Soap Opera, Crime Drama or Thriller Gone Horribly Wrong?

Posted on June 25, 2008

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In America, the mass media is saturated with juicy and often lurid details of their celebrities behaving badly. The public is constantly fed with daily news of drug overdose, public drunkenness and all-round debauchery that characterize the wild and crazy lives of the Hollywood glitterati. In our sensible, conservative country, the artistes and celebrities that entertain us are generally decent and well behaved. Some, like Siti Nurhaliza, inevitably serve as role models with their modest behavior and strong work ethic. And so it was left to the politicians to fill the vacuum and take up the role as gossip fodder and scandal-makers to feed the gratuitous imagination of our country-folk. This they have accomplished with utmost diligence and supreme efficiency, sometimes even surpassing their official job as managers of this nation.

It was only a few years ago that Malaysians were shown a specimen of a semen-stained mattress purportedly belonging to a high-profile politician. For many of us who were growing up, that period served as a lesson on sexual education as we discovered for the very first time, that it was humanly possible to take it up the arse. We wondered again if the government was taking a more pro-active role in the sexual education of citizens when the recently-demoted Health Minister Chua Soi Lek himself took on a leading role in a sex video. Amidst the loud protests by professional porn stars who found themselves out of work, Malaysians can only sigh in despair upon realizing that our politicians not only get better pay, they also get more sex than the rest of us.

One prominent politician who has never really escaped the national gossip is the energetic Najib Razak. He has been linked to several women in the past, most notably the actress Ziana Zain and more recently, the murdered Mongolian Altantuya Shariibuu. We sincerely sympathize with the predicament that befalls Najib Razak for he has the misfortune of being tagged a philanderer without having the charm and charisma of a playboy.

The recent debacle over Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor’s alleged involvement in the murder of Altantuya is an embarrassment not only to them, but the integrity of the Malaysian government and its people. What is even more embarrassing is that Raja Petra Kamarudin’s statutory declaration, at least for many Malaysians, is actually not at all shocking. Rumor of the power couple’s involvement has been making the rounds ever since Abdul Razak Baginda was charged with abetment of the murder. The strong denials voiced by Rosmah and Najib, unfortunately, are not enough to allay suspicion by a wary and untrusting public, and hence we call for a full and thorough investigation on this explosive matter.