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Published: Saturday December 7, 2013 MYT 10:18:00 PM
Updated: Saturday December 7, 2013 MYT 10:21:02 PM

Najib sings praises of Rosmah's 'secret' contributions to Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Saturday spoke of the many times his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, had been of great service to Malaysia, which few know about.

The Prime Minister said many did not know of two significant roles Rosmah played in the operation to bring home Malaysian students from Egypt, dubbed Operasi Piramid, during the Egypt's uprising in 2011.

In the first incident, he said Rosmah played a major role in the release of a Malaysian student who was arrested and jailed by the Egyptian authority after being accused of being a spy.

"I asked my wife to call the wife of (former) President Hosni Mubarak, Suzanne Mubarak, and request for our student to be released. Within two hours, the student was released," said Najib, who is Umno president, in his adjournment speech at the 2013 Umno General Assembly here Saturday.

Najib also said during the operation, there were insufficient flights to bring Malaysian students home, and had to use special flights via Jeddah.

"At that time, we had to ask the Saudi Arabian government to allow the Charlie aircraft carrying our students to land in Jeddah before leaving to Kuala Lumpur without visas.

"That was a big request, but through her networking with the royal family, the Saudi Arabian government gave its consent," he said.

The Prime Minister said the Saudi Arabian government also prepared two Boeing 747 flights to bring Malaysian students home.

"These were among my wife's contributions to the people of Malaysia," he said.

Najib also said that Rosmah had become a target of criticism, especially among those who wanted to criticise him.

In her capacity as the Prime Minister's wife, Rosmah had also played a major role in improving early education for children through the Permata programme, he added. - Bernama 

Tags / Keywords: Najib Tun Razak, Rosmah Mansor, Operasi Piramid, Egypt

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