Kerajaan telah membelanjakan RM608.68 juta sepanjang tempoh 12 minggu untuk kos lawatan rasmi Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak dan Timbalannya, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Menurut satu jawapan bertulis di Dewan Rakyat, "peruntukan segera" yang diluluskan dari Januari hingga 15 Mac telah dibelanjakan semasa lawatan mereka ke 14 negeri, dengan kos lawatan ke Perak merupakan yang tertinggi sebanyak RM220.38 juta.
MP PAS Jerai, Mohd Firdaus Jaafar, pada 27 Mac, telah meminta Jabatan Perdana Menteri untuk menyenaraikan semua peruntukan yang diluluskan serta-merta untuk lawatan rasmi perdana menteri negeri-negeri tersebut.-malaysiakini
PM, DPM visits consume RM609mil over 12 weeks...
The government had dispensed RM608.68 million over a period of 12 weeks to meet the expenses of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin's official nationwide visits.
According to a parliamentary written reply, the "urgent allocation" approved from January to March 15 was disbursed during their 14-state visit, with Perak recording the highest at RM220.38 million.
Jerai PAS MP Mohd Firdaus Jaafar, on March 27, had asked the Prime Minister's Department to list to all the immediately allocations approved for the prime minister's official tour of the states.
Allocations for Johor ranked second, with RM201.40 million doled out for 24 projects, while the Federal Territories came in third with RM63.25 million dispensed for nine projects.
Najib’s recent marathon forays to Perak and Selangor focussed on opposition-held areas, distributing goodies and promises to boost BN’s popularity, had fuelled speculation that polls might be announced soon.
BN suffered its worst electoral defeat in 2008 under former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, when the opposition won 82 parliamentary seats and gained control of Kelantan, Kedah and Penang, as well as Perak and Selangor.
The ruling coalition, however, wrested away Perak in February 2009 - after three Pakatan Rakyat assemblypersons defected, mere days after Najib took over as state Umno chief, plunging the state into political chaos which lasted several months.
Political pundits opined that the 13th general election will pose a critical challenge to the first-time premier to reverse inroads made by the opposition in Parliament and to win much needed votes in Perak and Selangor, a fate analysts believe, still hangs by a thread. - malaysiakini