A video recording of Rosmah Mansor receiving Cinderella-like treatment for her feet has set tongues wagging.
But her aide Rizal Mansor comes to her defence, saying the prime minister's wife cannot bend down due to pain in her knees.
Social media went abuzz over a 31-second clip uploaded on Facebook, showing a woman having to put on shoes for Rosmah.
Clad in a red kaftan, she is seen standing at the door while a smartly-clad woman squatted and put on a pair of shoes for her.
As Rosmah ( photo ) shifted her feet in an apparent attempt to facilitate the woman's effort, the prime minister's wife chatted with those nearby.
After around 10 seconds, Rosmah then proceeded to a buggy waiting for her.
The video, which was uploaded less than 24 hours ago, had since been shared more than 700 times.
It garnered various reactions, with some people expressing shock and pity for the woman who had to put on Rosmah's shoes for her.
"Pitiful", said Sulaiman MK while another Facebook user Mohd Harimau exclaimed "Astaghfirullah".
However, other Facebook users said Rosmah should be given the benefit of the doubt.
"Don't misunderstand... (Maybe) she couldn't bend down," said Nazri Mokhtar.
The incident took place at a buka puasa function at the headquarters of media group KarangKraf in Shah Alam yesterday.
'She isn't 25 years old'
In a Facebook post, Rizal criticised those who harped on this issue and the person who recorded the incident.
"The person who recorded the video lacks love or has never put on shoes for his (or her) mother, aunty or grandmother. For those who have, this is just a normal thing.
"It would have been odd if the PM's wife is 25 years old, but she (Rosmah) is 64, her knees are not strong and she can't bend down,” he said.
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was also present during the function yesterday, at which he delivered a speech lamenting about being depressed over "inaccurate" media reports.
"I am depressed, politicians are depressed because we are easy targets," Najib had said.