Special committee set up to look into guidelines for former premiers’ remuneration

Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar

KUCHING, Nov 19: The cabinet has decided to establish a committee to look into the application of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for a plot of land to build a house.

De facto Law Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the committee’s role will be to review the guidelines for the fulfilment of the request, including rates, conditions, and maximum limits or quantum, for the provision of land and residential houses, under the Former Prime Minister’s Remuneration Schedule.

The set guidelines will also become a point of reference for future implementation of other cases, said Wan Junaidi.

On Najib’s request, Wan Junaidi said it was in accordance with the provision under Act 237 of the Members of Parliament (Remuneration) Act, 1980. 

“Following his application, the government then had shown the former premier three pieces of land. 

“In principle, the Cabinet has agreed to grant the former premier his request on the ground of his right under law. 

“However, I must stress that this decision is not final, and is subject to further deliberation and final approval by the government,” said Wan Junaidi in a press statement today.

Najib had applied for a plot of land and a house believed to be worth RM100 million in Kuala Lumpur, as such benefits were his entitlements as former prime minister.

The issue was raised in Parliament yesterday following Langkawi MP Dr Mahathir Mohamad bringing it up to Finance Minister Datuk Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz, questioning why Najib’s request was not included in Budget 2022. — DayakDaily