Najib’s request for land, house worth RM100m causes uproar in Dewan

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The finance ministry has confirmed that Putrajaya received an application from former prime minister Najib Razak for a plot of land and a house worth a total of RM100 million in Kuala Lumpur.

Finance minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz’s confirmation on the rumours that had gone viral on social media recently caused pandemonium in the House.

Opposition MPs, including former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad (Pejuang-Langkawi), criticised the move, with Mahathir having a few choice words for his former protege.

He had earlier questioned Tengku Zafrul on reports about Najib applying for a 1.13ha lot from the government. The property is said to be located at Bukit Petaling in Kuala Lumpur.

Tengku Zafrul said the application was made after the tabling of Budget 2022 on Oct 29.

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“If there are any additional questions on the RM100 million property, please forward them to the Prime Minister’s Office,” he said.

Mahathir shot back, questioning Najib’s contribution to the country before accusing him of being a “convict”.

In July last year, Najib was sentenced to 12 years’ jail and fined RM210 million after he was found guilty on seven counts of corruption in relation to RM42 million belonging to SRC International.

“The money that was stolen needs to be given back,” Mahathir said, adding that the application for the property should be explained.

Zafrul said Najib’s application for the property was discussed in the Cabinet.

Mahathir further asked if the application for the RM100 million property would be tabled in the House, to which Zafrul said it would be tabled if it was approved by the Cabinet.

“If there is any additional expenditure after the budget is approved will made under an additional supply bill,” Zafrul clarified.

A shouting match ensued, with opposition MPs demanding an explanation over the matter. They refused to back down despite calls to do so by speaker Azhar Harun.

Azhar had to mute the microphones of the MPs several times and raised his voice several times asking the members to remain silent.

Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (Ind-Muar) asked if it was fair to allocate so much money for one person when the government had repeatedly stated that it lacked funds.

Gobind Singh Deo (PH-Puchong) asked on what basis would the Cabinet approve the allocation.

At one point, Azhar threatened to have RSN Rayer (PH-Jelutong) ejected from the House for 10 minutes.

A news portal on November 12 reported Najib had requested a “privilege” from the government in the form of a 2.8-acre residential property worth RM100 million in one of Kuala Lumpur’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, receiving the approval of the government but drawing protests from ministers and senior officials.

It was reported that the former prime minister made the request about a year after his fall from power in the 2018 election, and again last year, just months before he was found guilty of corruption charges related to the 1MDB scandal.

Meanwhile, Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has dared government MPs to explicitly state if they will support Putrajaya giving Najib a plot of land and a house in Kuala Lumpur.

“I want to see who are the Umno, Bersatu, PAS and GPS MPs who support giving the (plot of land and house worth) RM100 million to Najib.

“If you support, you’re done,” said Anwar, who was in Melaka to campaign for Pakatan Harapan candidates in the state election on Saturday.