DAP central executive committee member Syahredzan Johan has called out the home affairs minister to answer claims of RM3.5 million being allocated to accommodate former prime minister Najib Razak who is serving a 12-year prison sentence for corruption.
Among the claims include RM50,000 to renovate Najib’s cell at Kajang Prison.
“The home affairs minister needs to explain… the allocation for development expenditure for the repair and renovations of prisons under Budget 2022 is only RM12.4 million. So if true, how can RM3.5 million be used for just one prisoner?” Syahredzan asked.
Syahredzan also said that the government should ensure all prisoners are treated well and fairly. He added that any special treatment that goes beyond the norm to ensure the comfort of a VIP prisoner would be highly inappropriate.
“If these allegations are not answered satisfactorily, it will erode the people’s confidence in the relevant institutions and affect the morale of civil servants in carrying out their responsibilities,” he said in a Facebook post.
Earlier, rumours of the jailed former prime minister Najib Razak being given preferential treatment in prison went circulated on social media.
An anonymous Twitter user claimed that Najib is given a codename called ‘merpati‘ and will be given privileges while serving his sentence.
The user also claimed that RM3.5 million will be budgeted for Najib’s health, transport and accommodation while he serves time. Among other claims was that the prisoner would be moved to the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital (CRH) to allow him better access to visitors and spend most of his 12-year sentence at the hospital.
Meanwhile, the Prisons Department issued a statement confirming that Najib had been moved to CRH for further treatment and observation.
The matter was also supported by Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin who said Najib was transferred to CRH from Kuala Lumpur Hospital on the advice of doctors as he required physiotherapy.
However, he did not specify why Najib required the treatment, nor the ailment Najib had. Khairy also denied that Najib was receiving special treatment.
On the other hand, Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said only the court can be privy to a prisoner’s health information.
“Any detailed information about a patient’s health can only be submitted to the court (if ordered by the court),” he said in a Facebook post.