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Najib 'Debuts' As An Actor To Play His Late Father In A Drama Series Set In The 60s

Datuk Seri Najib Razak's late father was Malaysia's second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, who is known as the Father of Development.

Cover image via Najib Razak (Facebook)

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Datuk Seri Najib Razak has worn many hats over the years: the former prime minister, finance minister, defence minister, as well as a father, husband, and grandfather

This time, he has put on a fedora to become an actor for a local drama series called Tunjang

The title of the series means 'support' or 'root'.

According to Berita Harian, Najib appeared as a cameo in the drama series to play his late father, Malaysia's second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, who is known as the Father of Development.

Najib said the appearance was meaningful to him as he had to dress in the style of his father, which required him to wear a wig and a hat.

Former UMNO supreme council member Datuk Sohaimi Shahadan said in a Facebook post that the drama series is about the early settlers in the 60s, and will be aired on RTM.

"A new experience for me. It's a sweet experience, too, because this is my first time (acting)," he said in a video interview

"Not only was I able to portray a different character other than myself, but the message I conveyed was also very meaningful."

"This is because in this Tunjang drama, (the story) is closely related to the struggle of the late Tun Razak. The idea and establishment of the Federal Land Development Authority (​​FELDA) is indeed a legacy of Tun Razak that we are all proud of," he said.

FELDA was formed on 1 July 1956 under the Land Development Ordinance (now Land Development Act), with an objective to eradicate poverty by developing land through the cultivation of cash crops.

It is the brainchild of Najib's father, who first served in the civil service before venturing into politics in the 1950s.

On his Facebook page, he uploaded several photos himself dressed like Abdul Razak

"I... switched to a different field. The director said no need to audition and the filming seemed nice. I was playing a character for the drama Tunjang today (25 June)," he wrote in a caption.

The Star reported that the convicted leader has only a cameo role in the RTM series.

You can watch Najib speak about his role in a video here.

In 2020, Najib was featured in an episode of documentary series Dirty Money:

A year before, a comedian in the US 'roasted' Najib on air for his involvement in the 1MDB scandal: