Govt Allegedly Spent RM257 Million On The Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Within 16 Months

The Agong received allocations amounting to about RM16 million a month.

Experienced newsman Datuk A. Kadir Jasin wrote in a blog post that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had a total of RM256.9 million allocated to him within 16 months

Datuk A. Kadir Jasin

Image via The Malaysian Times

According to Kadir, His Majesty Sultan Muhammad V had a quarter-billion ringgit allocated to him for his upkeep and personal expenditure between January 2017 and April this year.

The allocation was intended for the purposes of:
- Accommodation,
- Residence and palace,
- Personal items,
- Aircraft and transportation,
- Training and escort equipment,
- Clothing and ceremonial items,
- Gifts and souvenirs,
- Overseas visits,
- And salaries of palace staff.

With the vast amount, Kadir said the Rulers are "as confident and assured as ever before"

"Why shouldn't they? They are guaranteed by the Constitution, lavishly provided for, wealthy, and even (Datuk Seri) Anwar (Ibrahim) kissed their hands!" he wrote.

"The Constitution that guarantees the right of the homeless pauper who languishes in the back lane of Chow Kit also guarantees the right of the King who lives in the gleaming RM650 million Istana Negara," he added.

Image via Kadir Jasin

Kadir also stressed that the rulers have nothing to fear as long as they understand their special position, and perform their duties as listed in the Constitution.

"The people expect them (the rulers) to be the embodiment of all things good and holy," he wrote.

Free Malaysia Today reported that Kadir was referring to Anwar's interview with political think tank Invoke Malaysia about his recent audiences with a few sultans

The report stated that Anwar's audiences with the sultans were to assure them of the government's commitment to protecting the institution of the monarchy.

You can read Kadir's blog post in full here.

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In other news, the Agong has given his consent to the appointment of Tommy Thomas as Malaysia's new Attorney-General:

Previously, the Agong and the Conference of Rulers were allegedly pushing for the Attorney-General role to be given to a Malay-Muslim candidate:

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