KUALA LUMPUR, (Reuters) – Malaysians who voted scandal-tainted prime minister Najib Razak out of office last month were treated to the sight of his allegedly high-spending wife Rosmah Mansor submitting herself to questioning at the anti-graft agency headquarters on Monday.
The former first couple were barred from leaving the country following the May 9 election as investigators relaunched a probe into how billions of dollars went missing from a state fund founded by Najib.
Whatever awkward questions Rosmah, 66, faced during a three interview with investigators, she showed no sign of being discomfited as she left the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission building.
Wearing a bright blue traditional dress, with a red scarf swept over her head, Rosmah stepped lightly into her Mercedes and waved to the TV cameras, leaving her lawyers to issue a brief statement.
Given her penchant for super-expensive handbags, eyes were inevitably drawn to the red bag on her arm when she arrived at the MACC.
The bag was instantly trending on Malaysian social media groups, and some identified it as a Versace Demetra estimated to cost about $2,500.
Rosmah’s opulent lifestyle and shopping sprees angered Malaysians who have struggled to cope with rising living costs over the past decade.
Many have compared her with Imelda Marcos, who left behind more than 1,200 pairs of shoes when her husband Ferdinand Marcos was ousted as president of the Philippines in 1986.