PKR lawmaker questions RM22b allocation to Prime Minister's Office

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KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 10): PKR's Kelana Jaya Member of Parliament (MP) Wong Chen has questioned the need for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to allocate a whopping RM22 billion to the Prime Minister's Office, which accounts for 8% of the total Budget 2015 allocation of RM273.9 billion.

"For his (Najib's) office operating expenditure, he has given himself RM9 billion and for development expenditure RM13 billion,  totalling a whopping RM22 billion," Wong told TheEdge Markets.com at Parliament today.

As comparison, Wong said the armed forces have been allocated a mere RM17 billion under Budget 2015, while the Health Department has a RM24 billion allocation. The home office gets RM13 billion, he added.

"That means the prime minister controls about 8% of the national budget and his office does not do anything in particular," said Wong.

"It does not run hospitals or schools. It does not run the police or army. So why the massive budget?" he asked.

On the Goods and Services Tax (GST) that will be implemented in April, Wong said Najib has mislead the people in his budget speech today, saying there will be savings of RM3.8 billion of GST-exempted goods.

Based on Najib's "magic calculations", GST will only cost the people  RM700 million in extra taxes which is just misleading, Wong said.

Rather, Wong said the GST will cost the people some RM8.5 billion in extra taxes, which means every single Malaysian will pay a net extra tax of RM283 to the government next year.

"He (Najib) also said he will give back to the rakyat via the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) of some RM4.9 billion which Najib says that he must also deduct RM4.9 billion.

"This is just plain wrong because he paid out RM4 billion last year, so the actual deduction should only be RM900 million," he added.