Rosmah a character in Singaporean satire skit

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KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 8): Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor has appeared as a character in a satire skit that was performed at a fundraising dinner for Singaporean theatre company Wild Rice.

The Malay Mail reports that actors Siti Khalijah Zainal played the wife of former Malaysian prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Ivan Heng was Ho Ching, the spouse to Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong.

The video has garnered over 10,000 views at time of posting.

The skit makes light of the former first lady’s penchant for luxury handbags.

Last night, the SCMP also took note of the skit, and the Malay Mail quotes them as writing: “Before the poll, satirists in Malaysia and neighbouring were extremely cautious about lampooning her.”

The article pointed out that Singaporean comedians have, in the past been forced to issue official apologies for making fun of the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, while local cartoonists were arrested for satire that features the former leader and his wife.

The skit satirises the 66-year-old’s purported penchant for Botox and her love of Hermes Birkin bags costing over US$100,000 (RM415,200) each.

Khalijah as Rosmah first appears on stage carting a number of bags, and when asked why, says: “Because if you carry five Birkin bags at the same time, no one would ever think they are real.”

Remarking upon the hardships of having her prized possesions taken away, she says: “It’s been difficult without my other 295 Birkin bags. But you know what? They can raid my house, they can take away my bags, my diamonds, my husband, but they cannot take away from me my Botox, my implants, my face lift, and my fillers.”

In the skit, Heng, playing Ho Ching was dressed in a blue blouse and pink silk pants, recalling an outfit Ho wore when accompanying her husband to call on prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad soon after the May 9 general election.

She was criticised by some fashion-conscious Singaporean online for wearing “pyjamas” to a high-level meeting between heads of governments.

Rosmah and Ho appeared to have had an amicable relationship prior in the past.