PETALING JAYA – All former prime ministers are being provided the same privileges and that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been treated no 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 on Thursday (Nov 9).
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, it said, was 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 Government also bears the utility charges for the Perdana Leadership Foundation as well as his private residence,” said the PMO.
On top of this, the PMO said that the Government also pays for all food allowances and other costs for outriders, bodyguards, medical staff and assistants to special officers for Dr Mahathir’s visits abroad.
Dr Mahathir had posted on his Facebook page Nov 1 that his Special Action Unit (UTK) police bodyguards had been withdrawn.
The personal bodyguard service is a privilege provided to all former prime ministers.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun, however, said on Sunday (Nov 5) that the Royal Malaysia Police still maintained Dr Mahathir’s UTK service.