The first-born son of Khairy Jamaluddin, son-in-law of Malaysia’s premier Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, doesn’t carry his father’s name, according to a report in The Star newspaper today.
The full name of the prime minister’s fifth grandson born on 13 September by caesarean section is Jibreil Ali Jamaluddin Abu Bakar.
However, the best-selling Malaysian English language newspaper says the name hasn’t been officially announced and Jibreil’s parents are fighting shy of publishing his pictures because they want privacy.
The name of Khairy, Malaysia’s controversial politician dubbed the country’s enfant terrible, is conspicuously absent and this has surprised and shocked Malay leaders and scholars because, traditionally, Muslim children take their father’s name as their surname.
The newspaper says that Mr Khairy and his wife Nori have named their son Jibreil after the archangel Gabriel, God’s messenger to both Christians and Muslims but doesn’t say why Mr Khairy hasn’t named his son after him.
Mr Khairy, 31, is the deputy youth leader of the dominant ruling United Malays National Organisation (Umno). His rapid rise in politics has upset many Malays in the 13-state Southeast Asian federation and brought accusations of nepotism and cronyism against the prime minister. Mr Khairy harbours ambitions of becoming Malaysia’s youngest prime minister.
Malays form slightly more than half of Malaysia’s 27 million people who include ethnic Chinese and Indians.
The report, written by Wong Chun Wai who becomes The Star acting Group Chief Editor today, says Ali is the name of Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law. Jamaluddin is Khairy’s father who was a Malaysian diplomat, while Abu Bakar is Khairy’s grandfather