By: Kheng-Liang Tan
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Rosmah Mansor allegedly spent US$6 million on shopping between 2008 and 2015 at designer stores all over the world.
The reported said that the wife of the Malaysian Prime Minister “racked up at least US$6 million in credit card charges in recent years – despite having no known source of income beyond her husband’s salary.”
As Prime Minister, Najib Razak draws an annual salary of approximately RM275,000 (US$66,000).
Her spending allegedly took place at designer boutiques all over the world, ranging from the Harrods department store in London to New York’s Saks Fifth Avenue.
In her autobiography, Rosmah was quoted as saying that “I have bought some jewellery and dresses with my own money. What is wrong with that?”
The report however questioned the accuracy of such claims, saying that she was “the only child of schoolteachers [and] hasn’t had a regular paying job in years.”
Rosmah has been seen at high-society events in Malaysia carrying numerous Crocodile-skin Birkin bags. Such bags are highly sought after and have a price tag upwards of US$100,000.
WSJ said Najib could not be reached for comment.