PETALING JAYA – Datuk Rizal Mansor has revealed on high court today that he was appointed as Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s “special officer” which Rosmah’s lawyers had repeatedly denied.
Rizal claimed that he was hired under the Prime Minister Department, dubbed the “First Lady of Malaysia” (Flom) office when former prime minister Najib came into power in 2009
With his experience with the media industry as former Media Prima Berhad as a communications executive, he was appointed to handle media relations for Rosmah when he was involved in the department.
Rizal further explained that his position would often change during his tenure from 2009 to 2019 but he would normally aid her with regards to media relations, daily and weekly schedules, and other responsibilities.
In his statement today, Rizal also claimed that one of his major responsibility involves protecting Rosmah’s image and reputation.
This involves arranging media coverage on her events to boost popularity and public awareness.
When Rosmah is being bombarded with criticism due to her involvement in the government’s project as well as living an extravagant lifestyle, Rosmah ordered him to hire a team of cyber troopers that would help disseminate political propaganda on the internet.
He further claims that Rosmah is paying this team RM 100,000 monthly to monitor critical content on media.
Rizal also said that as Rosmah’s special officer, he made statements to denounce or counter the negative opinions against her.
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