On 21 March 2016, the Government started constructing an alternative road to the official residence of Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia in leafy Jalan Tunku in Kuala Lumpur
The project involved a 100-meter alternative road and included the construction of drainage and utilities, electronic fences, security systems and a design structure at the entrance. It was expected to have finished in 12 months by 20 March this year.
However, the progress at the site is only 72% compared to the 92% scheduled, according to Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof's written parliamentary reply.
The Works Minister was responding to DAP's Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming who had asked how much the Government has spent on the construction of an alternative road at Pandikar’s official residence
"The total cost of building an alternative route to the official residence of the Dewan Rakyat speaker on No 3, Jalan Tunku, Kuala Lumpur is RM1.4 million," he said.
The fact that the Government has used RM1.4 million of taxpayers' money to build a second road to the Speaker's house has a lot of Malaysians expressing how it's a waste of taxpayer money when the same could have been spent on the rakyat in the Kampungs
They took to the comment section of news sites, which reported on the story, to share their concern with how the Government has been misusing taxpayer money.
On Malaysiakini, while one reader posted, "Millions of taxpayers' money down the new drain that's to be built. This is the most irresponsible and lavish government that has ever been elected to office, kleptocratically! What's the purpose of an alternative road to just one official's residence? Doesn't the government know that this is not the time to be wasteful in unnecessary spending when billions of ringgit are still missing?", another added that it's a "reward for controlling Parliament from debating on issues."
"And our roads full of potholes in the Taman only get attention just before an election..." posted a reader of The Malay Mail Online under the English daily's story.
Previously, in June 2016, this UMNO MP claimed that "the salaries of MPs are not paid by the people but the government and the government's money is not the people's money"