During the Parliament sitting on Tuesday (21 September), it was revealed that the government of Malaysia had spent over RM1 million on upgrading the offices of 4 ministers at the Prime Minister’s Department (JPM) between 2020 and 2021.
In a written parliamentary reply sent by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri to Segambut Member of Parliament (MP) Hannah Yeoh, Ismail explained that the upgrades involved renovations and replacing old furniture at the offices of Parliament and Law minister, and the Sabah and Sarawak Affairs minister as well as their deputies.
The detailed breakdown showed that the renovation at the Parliament and Law minister’s office was RM380,000 and the furniture costs RM90,000, while the upgrade to the deputy ministers office had cost RM192,870 and an additional RM10,000 spent on furniture.
Meanwhile, the renovation cost of the offices of the Sabah and Sarawak Affairs minister and his deputy were RM145,997 with an additional RM245,733 spent on furniture.
With this, the total amount spent on upgrading the ministers’ office sums to RM1,073,580.
However, the PM said that all of the upgrades were done in accordance to the JPM’s Guidelines and Regulations for Building Planning by the Standard and Cost Committee, Economic Planning Unit.
Earlier, the Opposition MP, Hannah Yeoh took to her social media to criticise the government for not providing a complete answer to her parliamentary queries which requested a detailed breakdown of how much taxpayer money was spent to upgrade the offices of Federal ministers and their deputies instead of just the offices at JPM.
In addition, Hannah Yeoh also criticise the government for upgrading their offices when the country is struggling with the Covid-19 crisis.
She then pointed out how the PM had approved to spend RM1 million to strengthen and stabilize the banks of Sungai Kemensah in Selangor, which she says cost less than the upgrades made at JPM.
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