KUALA LUMPUR: There is no truth to recent news reports of a supposed request by the Prime Minister's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, to meet Tamil movie idol Rajnikanth.
The Prime Minister's Office Special Division principal assistant director Datuk Rizal Mansor said speculation by unfounded sources has not been helpful.
Denying the Malaysiakini report in a statement, Rizal said: "Datin Seri Rosmah has the greatest respect for Rajnikanth and understands how huge a star he is – both in India and Malaysia.
"However, there is no truth in recent news reports that there was a request to meet Mr Sivaji (Rajnikanth's real name is Sivaji Rao Gaekwad).”
According to the Malaysiakini report, based on Indian news website The Telegraph, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Rosmah purportedly requested to meet with Rajnikanth.
However, Malaysiakini was unable to independently verify the claim.
Najib, accompanied by Rosmah, is on a five-day official visit to India beginning today, which will take him to Chennai, New Delhi and Jaipur. -- BERNAMA