After a list of names of delegates following Najib to Saudi Arabia was shared on social media, the Prime Minister’s Office said the family members, friends and guests on the list were invited by Najib to perform the umrah with him and they were paying for themselves.
Family members and acquaintances who accompanied Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to Saudi Arabia this week paid for their own travel expenses, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement yesterday.
The PMO explained that while Najib’s five-day work trip was to discuss bilateral issues, he had invited his mother and siblings and a few associates to join him so they could perform their umrah pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia together.
“The brothers of the Prime Minister, including some acquaintances, followed him to the Holy Land on their own expense.
“Only Tun Rahah Mohammad Noah was with Datuk Seri Najib Razak on the flight to Saudi Arabia,” the PMO said, referring to the prime minister’s mother who is also the widow of the second prime minister, the late Tun Razak Hussein.
The delegation list of 20 names includes those of Najib’s brothers Nizam and Nazim, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, the couple’s three children Nooryana Najwa, Nor Ashman and Riza Aziz, as well as their son-in-law Daniyar Kessikbayev and grandson Adam Razak Daniyar.
The list also shows the name of Najib’s personal doctor Dr Azhari Rosman, and several identified as “guest of the prime minister”, namely Tan Sri Bustari Yusuf, Puan Sri Johrah Abdul Rahman, Dato’ Amirul Rahman Abdul Rahim and Nazir Hussin Akhtar Hussin.
The PMO statement further explained that the names of family members and friends were listed in the delegation list to ease the administrative works of the Saudi authorities to perform the umrah.
It also said the working visit was made under an invite of Saudi King Salman Abdulaziz. Both leaders are expected to discuss issues related to economic cooperation, investment, haj and the establishment of the King Salman Centre for International Peace (KSCIP) in Putrajaya.