KUALA LUMPUR, June 10 (Bernama) -- Women, Family and Community Development
Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, who is one of the
ministers-in-waiting for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during his
official to Kazakhstan, today confirmed that no wedding of the prime minister''s
daughter had taken place in the country.
She also described the allegation made by certain quarters that the prime
minister and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, had attended the wedding during
the visit, as a lie and was politically-motivated.
Shahrizat, in a statement here today, said Najib''s schedule in Kazakhstan
was very tight and in all events, he was accompanied by top government officers
from both countries.
"The prime minister''s visit has successfully strengthened the ties between
the two stable and peaceful Islamic countries.
"Maybe the opposition was jealous with the success of the visit and that was
why they were telling this horrible lie," said Shahrizat, who is also the
minister-in-waiting for Najib during the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) in
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Shahrizat, who will arrive home from Kazakhstan tomorrow, is also a panel
member of WIEF Businesswomen Forum, which was attended by women entrepreneurs
from 35 Muslim countries.
Foreign Minister in a statement yesterday, also explained that Najib''s visit
to Kazakhstan on June 5 and 6 was his first official visit to the country and
reciprocated the visit by Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev to Malaysia
in June 2006.
The statement said that during the visit, Najib had also paid a courtesy
call on Nazarbayev and held bilateral consultations with Kazakhstan Prime
Minister Massimov Karim.
The statement also said the prime minister''s visit coincided with the 7th
WIEF from June 7 to 9 at Astana, and that Najib had attended the forum in his
capacity as a head of government, representing Malaysia and as patron of WIEF.