YOUR SAYS | “How many others have had such an opportunity to rise through the ranks so quickly?”
Nooryana: Leissner got me an intern job, I was just the PowerPoint girl
Cowardly: I don’t know what is the purpose of Nooryana Najwa Najib’s disclosure here.
The daughter of former Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak practically completes the picture by confirming that her father was lying when he said he was not granted any favors (on the 1MDB scandal and the involvement of the bank of multinational investment Goldman Sachs).
His disclosure of what happened (after reports emerged that Najib had sought jobs for his children in the bank) and his action afterward showed that more things do not add up and prove that she was there (at private equity firm TPG) on her own merits.
TPG (where she got an internship after being introduced by former Goldman Sachs banker Tim Leissner who testified in court about it) seems to have spent too many resources and effort to get her an internship at the stranger and a suitable job to justify the returns he got from his.
I also ignore the fact that the way she described her work as an intern seems to have nothing to do with her eventual nomination because I think she just doesn’t realize she was doing that.
The menial work she was describing (having to do PowerPoint slides and other earthwork) is part of the job of all juniors on a team.
Maybe I’m not his target audience. Her target audience might agree with her.
Anonymous_15897: This is the normal professional trajectory of the children of the elites.
1. Dad will find them an easy and comfortable job in a big “mat salleh” (white person) company, preferably in the US or Europe, so they can enjoy the benefits.
They get a fancy title, don’t have to do any real work, and can spend their time enjoying life using the big allowance they still get from dad.
2. After a while, Dad will make them become a director on the board of some companies. Again, no work required, just enjoy life, shopping, parties and vacations.
3. Become an “entrepreneur” and a “young leader”. Basically use daddy’s money to do business and act as CEO but the real business is run by others while they enjoy life.
Then give interviews to local media about how they “never depended on family and worked their way up” and how they are “serial entrepreneurs who believe in hard work and resilience.”
Then everyone around them will say how great and capable they are.
4. Optional: join politics and loot like dad.
Most elite children have this same career path.
IndigoKite6964: For the good salary (befitting a family member of the Prime Minister and First Lady of Malaysia) I wouldn’t mind working the brush cutter, making coffee and being a PowerPoint guy either.
Moreover, I could stay in Hong Kong and receive a Hong Konger’s salary.
Of course, I cannot stay in a 10 x 15 loft and therefore my salary must be commensurate with my lifestyle. Otherwise, my mother will become personal… you know what I mean.
So why defend yourself, Nooryana? Goldman Sachs is not the only international bank. I think you would do better at Maybank and maybe based in London. I’m sure your network will reach the top of Menara Maybank, right?
Kiwi: I graduated with a degree in computer science and always wanted to work at Nasa, but unfortunately I don’t have a wealthy and influential relative to pull the strings.
It wouldn’t have bothered me if I had just had the opportunity to clean the toilets there, but unfortunately no one came to interview me.
The problem with all these rich kids is that they think they have the right and they’re not wrong to be a PowerPoint girl in London. It’s a stupid argument.
I can see more and more children of second-generation politicians coming out to defend their parents while achieving big results in their careers. If you (ordinary people) comment further, they will say that you have a “kampung” (villager) mentality.
YellowKancil0051: Down the food chain? So how was she able to save enough in 18 months as an intern and junior analyst to have her own business and continue her education at the same time?
This is the pattern of most children of kleptocrats. Have so-called work experience so they can look like self-made millionaires/billionaires living off their parents.
Well this is fantastic: An internship of only 11 months then promoted to full-time analyst and transferred to Hong Kong, a global financial hub? How many other students have had such an opportunity to rise through the ranks so quickly?
Live2MTB: Get a job on your own merits. All other Malaysians must do so. Having the head of Goldman Sachs introduce you gives you an unfair advantage and always reeks of power corruption.
Illegal work : You’re just a girl PowerPoint isn’t the point. The thing is, your dad asked for favors for the 1MDB deal.
By the way, in your CV, did you mention that you were just an intern doing PowerPoint, photocopying and making coffee and deliveries?
I suppose not.
LimeGoat2442: We need to bring meritocracy back to this country. Young Malaysians have great potential but they need good opportunities to help them progress.
The country does not have enough good jobs for everyone, even in decline over the years…the good jobs that remain go to the children of the elites.
Malaysia is also evolving to become a plutocracy like the United States.
YellowImpala3311: From trainee to analyst, with a move to the other side of the world. Must have been a very good PowerPoint presentation.
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