The son of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who was arrested and charged earlier this week, was spotted wining and dining in Taipei with a Taiwanese actress, the Apple Daily reported Friday.
Najib, who unexpectedly lost general elections earlier this year, was arrested on July 3 and charged with breach of trust and abuse of power before being released on bail.
One of his sons, Mohd Nazifuddin Najib, also known as Nazif Najib, was seen dining at a steakhouse and having a massage in Taipei’s top luxury shopping district near Taipei 101 Thursday, according to the Apple Daily.
The newspaper identified the woman in Nazif’s company as a Taiwanese actress in a current Sanlih E-Television soap opera, Celia Chang (張東晴), 34.
They spent more than three hours at the steak restaurant inside the Breeze Xinyi shopping mall eating and drinking one glass of red wine after the other, while Chang seemed to be explaining the Taipei scenery outside the window, the Apple Daily reported.
The newspaper wrote that they took a taxi to a massage parlor, had a candlelight dinner, spent two hours at a pub and took another cab to the Grand Hyatt Taipei at 1 a.m.
Nazif reportedly flew back to Malaysia later Friday, while Chang’s spokesman said the Malaysian ex-premier’s son was a friend of hers, and she had acted as his guide during his short trip to Taipei.
The Apple Daily noted that apparently while he was in Taiwan, Nazif published a Facebook post defending his father against accusations of corruption and accusing the new government of “practicing feudal politics filled with vengeance.”
According to Apple Daily, Nazifuddin wrote a Facebook post at 9.58pm the same night to back his father who was charged with corruption, noting that this allegedly took place while he was having a candlelight dinner with the actress.
Apple Daily claimed that the two then took another taxi ride to the Grand Hyatt hotel at around 1am.
The Apple Daily report came with a video clip showing brief footage and photos of the duo together, also reporting that Nazifuddin was seen together with the actress after he alighted from the plane yesterday in his trip to Taiwan.
When Zhang was asked about the duo’s Thursday meeting caught on video, Apple Daily reported that the actress replied via her spokesman that: “He is just a good friend that I have known for many years and who came to Taiwan to visit, I acted as his guide and accompanied him.”
When asked about their sighting at the Grand Hyatt hotel, the actress reportedly clarified that they only had more drinks there.
“We only drank at the Grand Hyatt’s bar, his mood was not good because his family member was ill, after that he went up to rest and I then left,” she was quoted as saying.
The actress indicated that they did not discuss the news about Najib, reportedly telling the portal that she and Najib’s son generally avoided politics due to the sensitive nature of the topic.
Apple Daily said Nazifuddin returned this morning to Malaysia, also claiming that the former Umno president’s son was first introduced by friends in Taiwan three years ago to the actress.
The newspaper claimed that the actress previously did not know of Nazifuddin’s status and background and had only started close communications with him recently after she became single again.
Who Is Celia Chang?
Celia Chang was born on February 25, 1984 in Taiwan as Hsin-Yun Chang. She is an actress, known for Thirty Something (2015), Love Actually… Sucks! (2011) and The Map of DNA (2016).
In a separate report by Apple Daily, the actress is aged 34 and is a former model of Chinese-Vietnamese parentage who is now an actress and has been in the entertainment industry for four years.
What A Joke !
“In this life, I only have one father and mother. Without them, there will be no me.
“Regardless of what happens after this, I will continue to be with them.
“I will continue throwing my full support behind Najib because he is my father, and he was once a beloved leader of this country,” he added. – Nazif Najib