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Kit Siang wonders if there's more to Nazifuddin's date with actress

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Lim Kit Siang has weighed into former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak's son Mohd Nazifuddin wining and dining with Taiwanese actress Celia Zhang.

The date, reported by Taiwan's Apple Daily, came hot on the heels of Najib being slapped with four charges in relation to the SRC International issue last week.

While the focus appeared to centre around Nazifuddin consuming wine and dining with the Taiwanese actress amid the predicament faced by his father and his family raising donations for their legal fund, the DAP leader said the most important question seemed to have been missed.

“Despite much ink being spilled over Nazifuddin’s Taiwan visit a day after Najib’s four corruption charges in Kuala Lumpur, the most important question seemed to have been missed, i.e. what was Nazifuddin doing in Taiwan and what was his most important agenda in his quick one-day trip to Taiwan – as very few would believe that the whole purpose of Nazifuddin’s quick one-day trip to Taiwan as just to have a rendezvous of wine and food with Celia.

“Only Nazifuddin can answer this question. Will he do so?” Lim asked in a statement.

Najib's family has been seeking donations following the authorities freezing their bank accounts with regard to the ongoing investigations into 1MDB.

Najib has claimed trial to the three counts of criminal breach of trust and one count of abuse of power.

Since news of Nazifuddin and Zhang's date broke, there have been numerous follow-up reports, which included the actress claiming she had paid for their meal and that she did not sleep with the Malaysian former prime minister's son.

Bebas condemns moral policing

Meanwhile, secular activist group Bebas condemned the media’s hounding of Nazifuddin, with its spokesperson Azrul Mohd Khalib claiming it proved moral policing was alive and well in Malaysia.

He said this was similar to the vilification of a Youth and Sports Ministry aide for being “true to himself”.

Azrul was referring to Numan Afifi, who has spoken in defence of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Similarly, he said, the criticism of a PAS leader against Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman for wearing “inappropriate workout attire” also reeked of moral policing.

“And now, a son of the former PM is being judged and condemned on social media for behaving less than a model Malaysian Muslim,” Azrul told FMT.

Nazifuddin: I'm officially afraid of lifts

In an Instagram posting over the weekend, Nazifuddin posted a photograph of himself in an elevator, with the caption: “I am officially afraid of lifts now, but this one looks ok.”

It is believed that he was referring to Apple Daily's report, which among others, featured a photograph of Zhang and him in the elevator heading back to his room.

The Taiwanese publication has since accused two Malaysian Chinese dailies of “stealing” its exclusive photographs on the matter.

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