Jamal Yunos Slammed For Asking RM600K From Public While His Son Leads A Lavish Lifestyle
UMNO leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos has been slammed for trying to raise RM600,000 to pay for damages and legal fees while his son is known for flaunting his wealth on Instagram
The Sungai Besar UMNO division chief, who used to be known as the 'red shirt leader', has failed to defend two separate defamation cases filed by Opposition members of parliament (MPs) Maria Chin in 2016 and Teresa Kok in 2017, reported Malay Mail.
Maria won the defamation lawsuit against Jamal for linking her and Bersih 2.0 with the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group, while Kok won the case against Jamal for accusing her of misappropriating Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor funds.
The courts ordered him to pay Maria RM150,000 in damages and Kok RM300,000 in damages and RM50,000 in cost.
Earlier this month, Kok filed a bankruptcy notice against Jamal as she had not received RM351,479.45 with accrued interest from the UMNO leader, reported Free Malaysia Today.
This has led a grassroots group named Coalition of Selangor's Sons, headed by Datuk Faizal Zakaria, to launch a 'Solidarity Fund to Save Jamal' donation campaign.
It aims to raise RM600,000 for the controversial UMNO man.
As of Monday, 26 September, Faizal revealed that they have raised RM300,000
Speaking to Malay Mail, he confirmed that the donation drive was initiated after Kok filed a bankruptcy notice against Jamal.
"We need to pay Teresa RM300,000 and Maria RM150,000 and some RM60,000 for legal costs," said Faizal, without elaborating on what the remaining RM90,000 of the RM600,000 fundraising target will be used for.
After Malaysians learned that RM300,000 was donated to Jamal to pay for the consequences of his actions, many people took to Twitter to criticise him for the fundraising campaign
One tweet suggested that Jamal does not even need help from members of the public as his son, Muhammad Amin Danial Jamal, is known for flaunting his father's wealth on Instagram.
"(His) child lives in luxury, travels everywhere, drives expensive cars, and flies in first class," @lamkanahraf said, showing photos of Amin.
"His dad needs to resort to crowdfunding to pay fines? Something does not add up here."
The tweet has since gone viral with over 9,700 likes and 10,100 retweets, with many netizens criticising Jamal for abusing the generosity of his supporters as the charitable act of donating should only be used for the poor and helpless.
Jamal's son, Amin, has 112,000 followers on Instagram. He often uploads photos of himself posing beside luxury sports cars and his travels.
He has also posted photos of himself with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, and Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz.
Speaking to the media in 2016, Jamal said there was nothing wrong with his then 16-year-old son flaunting his "possessions" on social media, reported KiniTV.
Jamal told reporters that he has been running his businesses for 28 years to earn the wealth he possesses, and that his son does not have anything under his name.
He also said his son often tells people the lavish properties he flaunts are his dad's possessions.