Hasan takes Rafizi to task over re­mark on PM

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KUALA LUMPUR: Pan­dan mem­ber of par­lia­ment Rafizi Ramli was taken to task for ac­cus­ing Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak of be­ing a “cham­pion” in spend­ing Petronas’s rev­enue.

Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Seri Hasan Arifin said it was nor­mal for Rafizi to make ac­cu­sa­tions and evil al­le­ga­tions about Barisan Na­sional lead­ers.

Hasan, who is also Rompin mem­ber of par­lia­ment, said Rafizi would do so by re­veal­ing con­fus­ing data to put the gov­ern­ment in a bad light.

“I said yes­ter­day it was un­fair of Rafizi to com­pare the amount spent by the prime min­is­ter with past prime min­is­ters, such as Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad and Tun Ab­dul­lah Ah­mad Badawi, with­out com­par­ing the price of crude oil then and now.

“I wish to state that dur­ing Dr Ma­hathir’s era, crude oil was priced at US$30 a bar­rel, which was sim­i­lar to Ab­dul­lah’s time, aside from the crude oil price jump in 2008, with an over­all av­er­age price of around US$70. “Since Na­jib be­came prime min­is­ter, av­er­age crude oil prices ex­ceeded US$100 per bar­rel from 2011 to 2014. This re­sulted in more rev­enue for Petronas dur­ing Na­jib’s time.”

He said com­pared with the amount the gov­ern­ment spent on sub­si­dies un­der Na­jib in 2011, which was more than RM35 bil­lion, the amount spent in the sub­se­quent three years was be­tween RM40 bil­lion and RM45 bil­lion.

“Hence, Rafizi’s ac­cu­sa­tion that Na­jib is a cham­pion at spend­ing Petronas’s rev­enue is un­fair and ma­li­cious.”

Daruk Seri Hasan Arifin

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