PUTRAJAYA — Nov. 9, 2017: The government has made clear today it has never withdrawn the services provided to former prime ministers, including Tun Dr. Mahathor Mohamad.
According to the Prime Minister’s Department (JPM), Mahathir has been provided with staff services for his office at the Perdana Leadership Foundation and his home at the The Mines Resort City, in accordance with the Members of Parliament (Remuneration) Act.
A total of 21 postings have been allocated to Mahathir, with the expenditure borne by the government, including salaries, allowances and other perks which the staff qualify as civil servants, said the JPM in a statement today in response to the allegation on social media that the bodyguard service for Mahathir had been withdrawn.
The government has also been paying all utility bills at the foundation and Mahathir’s house.
Also borne by the government are the meal and lodging allowances for his escorts, bodyguards, medical officer and aide-de-camp who accompany him during overseas trips.
Mahathir, when met after a dialogue at the foundation, acknowledged to enjoying the services provided by the government.
However, he said it was not true nothing was withdrawn and that he could list the items withdrawn, including those which had no relation to the government. — Bernama