The federal government has commissioned a new private jet for the use of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli alleged today.
Rafizi showed reporters a document that appears to confirm the hire-purchase deal by the Malaysian government to commission the new jet - am Airbus ACJ320 - from Jet Premier One (M) Sdn Bhd.
The company has also managed the government's current executive private jet, an Airbus ACJ 319, since December last year.
He also produced pictures of the alleged new jet, painted in '1Malaysia' livery and carrying the registration number 9H-AWK. Th eregistration number of the first jet was 9M-NAA.
Rafizi pointed out to the fact that the previous jet cost RM28.8 million in hire-purchase payments annually and also RM 5.5 million a year for maintenance fees.
The ACJ320 is a newer, more expensive model compared to the ACJ319.
“The amount for the new jet is quite exorbitant and the whole process was quite manipulative. This will be revealed in the next one or two weeks,” Rafizi said, saying that he was now seeking for a response from the government.
Rafizi also promised that he would reveal more on the deal for the new jet in the coming days, claiming that all the agreements and documents pertaining to the new purchase has been obtained by him.
“I know all the details. I have all the details with me, but let’s wait for the government’s response first,” he said.
This will be the sixth government executive jet in its fleet.
Rafizi said that the purchase was proof that the government was still perpetuating wastage at a time when its coming under increasing pressure on the rising debts of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
“This will definitely spark the anger of the people at a time when they have to deal with the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST) in two weeks time. A part of this new tax will be used to bear the cost of the PM’s new jet,” he said.
Rafizi demanded that the purchase be cancelled immediately.
In an immediate reaction, Umno Youth chief and Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has urged the government to react quickly to Rafizi's allegation.
If new govt jet claim untrue, dispel quickly before fiction passes itself as fact. If true, explanation needed ASAP
— Khairy Jamaluddin (@Khairykj) March 16, 2015