KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 (Bernama) — The accusation by Pandan Member of Parliament, Mohd Rafizi Ramli, that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is a ‘champion’ when it comes to spending Petronas revenue is unfair and malicious.
Rompin MP, Datuk Seri Hasan Arifin said it had become the norm for Rafizi to make various accusations and malicious allegations against Barisan Nasional leaders, especially Najib, by using figures and data that were misleading, aimed at giving a negative perception of the government.
“Yesterday, during the debate on the royal address (in Parliament) by Rafizi, I intervened when he accused the prime minister of being a ‘champion’ in spending Petronas money.
“I said it was unfair of Rafizi to use the amount spent by the current prime minister (Najib) and past premiers, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, without taking into account the price of crude oil during their tenures and Najib’s,” he said in a statement, here, today.
Hasan said that during Dr Mahathir’s tenure, the crude oil price was at USD30 a barrel, similar to Abdullah’s time, except in 2008 when the price of crude oil soared with an overall average price of US$70 per barrel.
However, according to Hasan, when Najib became prime minister, the crude oil price exceeded an average price of US$100 per barrel from 2011 to 2014, thereby increasing Petronas’ revenue.
Hasan, who is also the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman, said in terms of expenditure on subsidies, the government under Najib’s leadership had spent RM35 billion in 2011, almost RM45 billion in 2012, nearly RM45 billion in 2013 and approximately RM40 billion in 2014.
“At the same time, people can see for themselves the amount spent on infrastructure during Najib’s time such as for the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project which directly benefits the people compared with Dr Mahathir and Abdullah’s tenure,” he said.