The former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak is said to have applied for a ‘privilege’ from the government in the form of a 2.8-acre residence worth RM100million, located in Kuala Lumpur’s most exclusive neighbourhood, Bukit Petaling.
According to a report by MalaysiaNow, it appeared that the government has approved his application for the property, despite objections from various ministers and senior officials, some of whom raised the corruption conviction against Najib.
However, the issue was brought up in the Parliament when Dr Mahathir asked Finance Minister Datuk Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz why Najib’s request for land and housing was not included in the Budget 2022.
In response, Tengku Zafrul confirmed that the Cabinet received and discussed Najib’s application for a plot of land and home, which some have valued at RM100 million, but he said that further questions should be directed to the Prime Minister’s Department.
Meanwhile, Najib explained that his office only asked to be given a residence after GE14 as allowed in the amended act (Members of Parliament (Remuneration) Act), which the government gave him 3 plots of land to choose, and he chose only one.
“I did not ask for a RM100 million gift from the government, but housing is given to all former prime ministers,” he posted on his Facebook page.
He also shared a document with his post in which it was stated that pursuant to Section 21, the Cabinet has decided to provide former prime ministers with one of several means, including a RM10,000 monthly allowance if they opt to stay in their own house.
Alternatively, he can choose a government house that fits his stature of a former prime minister.
“It hasn’t been approved by the current government. I did not ask for a RM100 million gift or told the government to spend money to buy land, but for a residence that is accorded to all former prime ministers.” he said.
Najib also questioned why the matter was only being raised now after years the application was made, and he linked it to the ongoing Melaka state election as a motive.
Earlier, Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said that Pakatan Harapan may reconsider the memorandum of understanding (MOU) inked with the federal government if it awards Najib a plot of land and a house worth RM100 million.
Anwar also pointed out the matter was never discussed or conveyed to Opposition representatives in any meeting previously held with the government.
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