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One needs money to make cakes, Rosmah tells critics

 | August 12, 2017

The prime minister’s wife says she only requested for more funds on behalf of the people so Permata could hold bigger charity projects.

rosmah_meetingKUALA LUMPUR: The prime minister’s wife Rosmah Mansor has dismissed the opposition’s allegations that she asked Najib Razak to increase the budget for the Permata charity body that she is patron of.

She said she had never urged the government to add to the allocation of the organisation, which conducts educational projects for children and teenagers.

She said she only requested for extra allocations on behalf of the people so bigger developmental projects could take place.

“Don’t be like the opposition. Teresa Kok (DAP MP for Seputeh) said I asked for money. I did not ask for money,” Rosmah said.

She added that money was needed to accomplish projects, citing the example of making cakes.

“How can it be done if there is no money? For example, to buy flour to make cakes you need to have money,” she said.

Rosmah said this at a Permata youth programme at the Kompleks Komuniti Muhibbah Kuala Lumpur today.

The opposition including PKR has criticised Rosmah of late, claiming the government had increased the budget for Permata.

PKR Youth head Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said he was annoyed when Rosmah said she would discuss the possibility of a bigger allocation of funds with her husband Najib, who is also finance minister, when talking about Permata’s projects.

However, Rosmah said that during the entire time she was overseeing the charity body, all funds from the government were fully managed by a secretariat and she did not hold a single sen from the government.

“I do not hold the money, not even a sen. I do not even see the money. All the planning and management is done by the secretariat,” she said.


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