KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Supreme Council Member Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz today has reminded Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir of his position as a public figure.
Nazri said due to Mukhriz's status in the country's political landscape, it wasn't wise for the latter to question why the people and mainstream media are asking about his family's wealth.
He said this was because the public has the right to question a political figure's source of wealth.
"When you become a public figure, people have the right to know where your wealth comes from. So don’t pretend like you want to fight for the poor and such.
"What’s wrong with flaunting your wealth as long as the source of the wealth is halal?
"Religion didn't say it's wrong for its followers to chase after wealth as long as it is done through halal ways. You're scared, is it?" he asked during a media conference held at the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday.
The Tourism and Culture Minister also told Mukhriz to not practice double standard when it comes to the media, regardless if they are mainstream or non-mainstream.
He said, if non-mainstream media can question and expose the wealth of government officials and ministers, thus, the mainstream media too can do the same to other public figures.
"Don’t (practise) double standard. We also what to know where the wealth came from. I asked Dr Mahathir many times how his children can be so rich... it's not like they are good at doing business anyway," he said referring to Mukhriz's father, who is also the Pakatan Harapan chairman, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Mukhriz on Monday criticised several newspapers for publishing photos from social media of his daughters Meera Alyanna and Melia Serena, who allegedly displayed the extent of the family's wealth.
The former Kedah Menteri Besar had asked on the need for the people to question the source of his family's riches, adding that his family has never stole money or obtained it from ill-gotten gains.
On Sunday, several Malay and Chinese dailies published reports purportedly of Mukhriz's daughters' lavish lifestyles, along with pictures of one of his daughters on a private boat named "Puteri Alyanna". --Reporting by ARFA YUNUS, FERNANDO FONG, BEATRICE NITA JA