"It's definitely a waste of taxpayers' money. It means we are paying more than RM16,000 a day,"
Liew Chin Tong of DAP told Malaysiakini .
Liew, the Bukit Bendera MP said the prime minister and deputy prime minister do not need such "luxurious" residences at the expense of taxpayers, and that the sum can be channelled for better use.
The government is bound by an agreement with Putrajaya Holdings to pay the sum for 25 years, from the time the first occupant of Seri Perdana - then premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad (left) - moved into the complex in 1999.
According to AFP , Abdullah lives in the complex with his wife, daughter and son-in-law and their children.
"What happens if the prime minister somehow gets evicted?"
Chief minister of opposition-controlled Penang state Lim Guan Eng questioned the payment of rent to Putrajaya Holdings.
According to figures revealed in the House in 2005, the building of Seri Perdana cost RM24.17 million, with maintenance costing up to RM2.9 million a year. An additional RM15.81 million was spent for renovations that year as well. It has also been alleged previously that the building actually cost about RM200 million to build.
In 2006, an opposition MP revealed that a whopping RM20 million was allegedly spent for the security system in the premier's official residence.
RM16 mil spent on renovations
The high cost of building, renovating and maintaining the complex has always been a focal point for the opposition.