A jet, a yacht, money – Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said he had it all in the 80s and 90s.
But that all changed when he answered a calling from Umno in 1998, an event which he considered divine intervention.
“Before, my life was berfoya-foya (having luxurious fun) here and there. I had my own private jet, a yacht, I had it all. Where do I want to eat? Hong Kong? Singapore?
“But Allah loved me. At the end of 1998, I remember being called to serve as Umno’s working secretary. I told my president (Dr Mahathir Mohamad), that I would serve for six months and then I wanted to return to the corporate world.
“But from Nov 1998 until today, I am like this (an Umno man),” Tengku Adnan said.
He was speaking at the Nadi Negara awards ceremony for students at the Putra World Trade Centre.
He said his vast wealth in his younger days had made him a target for opposition leaders.
“During the 80s, if you opened up the Malaysian Investor or Malaysian Digest, who will you see? Tengku Adnan, one of the richest men in the country.
“That is why the opposition likes to talk nonsense (about me). I’m angry because they don’t know who I am, so don’t,” he said.
He added that the opposition should not confuse the public about him.
However, he did not elaborate on what he meant.
Tengku Adnan had previously said that he would not declare his assets publicly, fearing that doing so would make his family a target for criminals.
Meanwhile, the Putrajaya MP also expressed confusion as to why many current Umno members were so power-hungry.
“Many Umno members now are so eager for positions, to become a public representative. I don’t get it,” he said.