Sunday, February 26, 2017

For self-proclaimed "servant" the Saudi King, Salman, will be spending lavishly living large in Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Japan, China, the Maldives and Jordan

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ISR Comment: Saudi rulers have always treated the public treasure as their personal. Therefore,
spending unlimited amounts of money on personal vacations rarely registered in public perception in the kingdom. However, the combination of economic hardships that forced the rulers to cut benefits, salary, and spending on social programs in the last two years, and the extreme lavishness of the current king may start to raise concerns. Since his rise to power, King Salman undertook some of the most expensive trips, taking with him thousands of family members, personal cars, and blocking access to hotels and resorts where he and his entourage stay. The image they are trying to portray as simple servants of religious places and the reality of being a family-run operation with little regard to public interest and citizens' welfare is threatening their grip on power.


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Saudi King kicks of a month long trip to East Asia
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Besides traveling with his own private escalator, King Salman has also flown in two personal cars. His entourage has also completely booked out three luxury hotels in Kuala Lumpur for the duration of the visit.

After Malaysia, the King is expected to travel to Jakarta and Bali in Indonesia from March 1-9 with an even larger entourage of 1,500 people, followed by a trip to Japan from March 12 to 14, officials in those countries said.

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-asia-malaysia-idUSKBN16505A

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