KUALA LUMPUR - A two-and-half-storey grey house in Kuala Lumpur with circular turrets has become the focus of a war of words between Malaysia's aggressive Red Shirts leader Jamal Yunos and an opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Youth leader.
Mr Jamal said on Tuesday (Nov 15) he wanted to know how PKRs' Datuk Adam Rosly managed to accumulate a large amount of wealth to buy the luxury house on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur that had several expensive cars parked on its porch.
On Tuesday, he also invited selected members of the media on a helicopter ride, courtesy of his friend, to make an aerial observation of the property, which he claimed was valued at RM 7 million (S$2.3 million).
The Sungai Besar Umno chief told the media he wanted an explanation of how the 28-year-old Adam had managed to purchase the luxury home at such a young age, The Star reported.
"I would like to clarify that I am not accusing, but would like Adam to answer what the source of his incredible wealth is," Mr Jamal said at a press conference with Ampang Umno division chief Ismail Kijo held outside the house.
The two-and-a-half story bungalow, built in a castle-like design complete with turrets, lies in the middle of Ampang in an urban-kampung housing area.
According to a resident who lives nearby, Mr Adam moved into the house with his family in September.
Prior to that, the building was an abandoned project and had only recently been renovated and painted.
Mr Ismail and Mr Jamal also claimed that Mr Adam had owned an expensive fleet of cars. A check by the Malaysiakini website spotted three cars - an Audi, a Volvo and a Range Rover - parked at the home.
The duo said a report would be lodged with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over Mr Adam's purported wealth following the aerial tour.
Mr Adam meanwhile clarified that he was able to afford the home because he is a successful businessman.
"In this day and age, it's not abnormal for the young to be rich. I can assure that I made my money from hard work," he said.
He added that the bungalow was an abandoned property that he purchased at an auction for about RM1 million.
He said he had chosen to retain the house design after the purchase. "I did not renovate it so that I could live in Disneyland," he was quoted saying to Malaysiakini.
"Not everyone who is rich made their money from political funding. If I had done so, I would not be openly building such a home in an area like this," he added.
Tuesday's clash between the Red Shirts leader and the PKR came days after a scuffle that took place between the Red Shirts and the police in the Ampang Point shopping centre, when the group were tailing Ampang PKR MP Zuraida Kamaruddin and Bersih supporters in a mall.
During the tussle, Mr Jamal was punched in the face and was left with a bloody nose. He later claimed that one of the men from the PKR and Bersih group had thrown the punch.
However, video recordings later showed no supporter of the pro-democracy group had been seen at the vicinity at the time.