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Hardly 'shabby' chic: Rosmah Mansor's trial looms

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CK TAN, Nikkei staff writer | Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR -- It is "embarrassing for Malaysians when other countries tease the prime minister's wife for being shabby," Rosmah Mansor, Malaysia's former first lady, wrote in her 2013 authorized biography. "As a woman and as the wife of a leader, I have to look presentable, neat and take care of my appearance."

No one could have accused Rosmah of personal neglect. In public, she frequently emerged from official cars swathed in colorful silks, wearing designer sunglasses.

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