PETALING JAYA: All former prime ministers are being accorded the same privileges and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has not been treated any differently, said the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
“The Government has not revoked any facility whatsoever to any former prime ministers, including Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad,” it said in a statement today.
The PMO said that the former prime minister has been provided personnel, numbering 21 people, for his office at the Perdana Leadership Foundation and his private residence.
“All of this is in accordance with the Members of Parliament (Remuneration) Act 1980.
“These personnel are fully borne by the Government, including payroll, claims and other privileges enjoyed by civil servants,” the statement read.
The Government, it said, also bears the utility charges for the Perdana Leadership Foundation as well as the former prime minister’s private residence.
According to the PMO, food allowances and other costs for outriders, bodyguards, medical staff and assistants to special officers for Dr Mahathir’s visits abroad are also fully paid for by the Government.
On November 1, Dr Mahathir claimed on Facebookk that the services of UTK for him were withdrawn.
“The struggle continues,” the chairman of Pakatan Harapan had written on Facebook.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun later on confirmed that the Royal Malaysia Police still maintained Dr Mahathir’s UTK service.
All former prime ministers are entitled to personal bodyguard service. – MO