Najib has no objections to Nazri’s son volunteering

Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak.

ALOR SETAR - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said there is no issue of Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz's son working as the latter's special officer as it was on a voluntary basis.

"If he is paid allowances, then we will not allow it. He volunteered and he is not a member of the minister's office, so we have no objection," the Prime Minister said here yesterday.

Najib was commenting on the controversy involving Nazri, who had defended his decision to appoint Nedim as his special assistant.

Saying it was his prerogative to appoint his son as his special officer, the minister had said that Nedim was not on the government's payroll and was only looking after his Padang Rengas constituency.

He pledged not to remove his son from the post no matter what others thought about it.

Najib also said that there was no need for MPs to declare their assets as proposed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's Consul­tation and Corruption Prevention Panel.

Members of Parliament, he said, had no executive powers and were allowed to conduct business activities as long as there was no conflict of interest.