KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor spent slightly more than RM17million of taxpayers’ money on travels from 2008 to June this year.
The figures were released by the Prime Minister’s Department in Parliament today in reply to a question from PKR Batu MP Tian Chua.
Najib and Rosmah’s travels in 2008 amounted to RM1.7 million, RM4.81 million the next year, RM5.41 million in 2010 and RM5.42 million up to June this year.
The opposition have in the past accused the ruling coalition of siphoning public money to finance hefty private travels of the two, an allegation the government has denied.
Compared to her predecessors, Rosmah is seen as being more involved in government affairs, giving rise to the perception that she wields strong influence in her husband’s administration.
Rosmah, however, has denied the allegation.
In its reply, the PM’s Department said there were no specific allocation for the expenses of a prime minister’s wife.
“The PM’s Department only finances expenses involving the PM’s office,” it stated.
Meanwhile, the travel expenses of Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his wife was a 100% lower than that of Najib and Rosmah’s.
From 2008 to June this year, RM8 million was spent on their travels.
RM2.7 million was spent in 2008, RM609,185 the next year, RM1.38 million in 2010 and RM3.27 million up until June this year.