BERSATU deputy president Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu was paid a full month’s salary of RM27,227.20 plus a pro-rated amount for the 11 days that he had served as the special advisor to former prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob told the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday (Sept 14) that the Faizal was only paid a pro-rated amount for the days that he had served in the position. He also received a payment of one month’s salary in lieu of notice.
The Tambun MP and former Perak menteri besar was appointed as special advisor with ministerial rank on Aug 5.
His duties included “advising the Prime Minister on all matters related to community welfare, communications and socio-economic affairs”.
He lost his position when Muhyiddin resigned as prime minister on Aug 16.
As expected, the news of Faizal’s RM27,000 salary did not sit well with netizens, who took to social media to offer their two cents worth on the matter.
“Wow, just like that! What an easy [way of making] money when most of us have lost jobs and business opportunities! Welcome to ‘Bolehland’!” said user @ameen7006 sarcastically.
User @tdukeff echoed this sentiment, asking Faizal about his contributions during his tenure as advisor. “I don’t see any significant changes take place at all,” he added.
“@PejaOfPerak pocketing RM27,000 without doing anything…aren’t you ashamed?” a third user tweeted, referring to Faizal’s Twitter handle.
Several users had further questioned Faizal’s role as special advisor.
“What did he do for 11 days? Was he making videos of him eating curry mee?” asked user @KeppyW.
The user was referring to Faizal who was previously ‘fried’ by netizens over a TikTok video of him tasting a ‘curry mee’ dish in his Putrajaya office and giving a blow-by-blow account of its quality.
The video had drawn some spicy comments from users, who were flabbergasted that Faizal was giving a food review when the country was reeling from the worsening COVID-19 crisis.
Meanwhile, user @bumilangit opined that the money should be returned. “Otherwise he should reveal in detail what he had done for 11 days as advisor to the Prime Minister,” he added.
User @SteamBake, however, offered a different perspective.
“Everyone is blowing up about Faizal Azumu getting paid RM27,000 as Muhyiddin’s advisor. I say give him a bonus. 11 days of work and he flipped the PM for us – best thing he ever did!” – Sept 15, 2021