Rompin lawmaker flays Rafizi over latest accusation against Najib

MELISSA DARLYNE CHOW

KUALA LUMPUR: Rompin MP Datuk Seri Hasan Arifin today slammed Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli for accusing the prime minister of being a "champion" in spending Petronas' revenue.


He said it was normal for Rafizi to accuse and make allegations on Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders by using confusing data and figures, aimed at putting the government in a bad light.


"I have said yesterday that it was unfair of Rafizi to use the amount spent by the present prime minister (Datuk Seri Najib Razak) and past premiers Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, without taking into consideration the price of crude oil during their tenures.


"I wish to state that during Dr Mahathir's tenure as prime minister, the crude oil was priced at USD30 a barrel, which was similar to Abdullah's time aside from the crude oil price jump in 2008, with an overall average pricing of around USD70.


"However, when Najib became prime minister, the crude oil price exceeded an average USD100 per barrel from 2011 to 2014." he said.


Hasan, who is also the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman, noted that compared to the amount spent for subsidies by the government under Najib in 2011, which totalled to over RM35 billion, the subsequent three years saw subsidy expenditures of between RM40 and RM45 billion.


"Hence, Rafizi's accusation that Najib is a champion at spending Petronas' revenue is unfair and malicious.


"At the same time, the people can see the amount spent on infrastructure in Najib's time is bigger, such as the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), which directly benefits the people, compared to Dr Mahathir's and Abdullah's tenure." he added.