RM48m spent on PM, DPM’s official houses

A big chunk of money amounting to RM33 million was spent on rent.

(Free Malaysia Today) – The government spent RM48.7 million of taxpayers’ money on the official residences of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin from 2006 to 2010, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Aziz said.

A huge chunk of the amount, totalling close to RM33 million, was spent on rent. Both Seri Perdana and Sri Satria in Putrajaya are owned by local authority Perbadanan Putrajaya.

As much as RM10.2 million was spent on electricity bills while RM3.5 million went to maintenance and RM1.96 million for water.

The figures were revealed last Wednesday in response to a question by Rantau Panjang PAS MP Siti Zailah Mohd Yusof.

At a press conference today, Siti Zailah, the PAS women’s chief, said she was shocked by the figures and chided the government for wasting public funds while voters have struggle to cope with inflation and subsidy cuts.

“We can see the wastage for the country’s top leaders. At a time when they tell us we should adapt to harder economic times, the government is using huge amount of taxpayers’ money for their houses,” she said.

DAP Youth chief Anthony Loke, who was also present, said both Najib and Muhyiddin spent an average of RM171,000 a month just on electricity when even an average upper middle class family spent about RM150 to RM300 monthly.

“Does Najib have a big family? I don’t think so. I spent about RM150 for electricity and I have a big family. You can pay the power bill for 3,000 families with what the prime minister and his deputy are paying for theirs,” he said.