KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 — Putrajaya’s annual allocation for Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs will be increased from the current RM5 million starting next year, Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced today.

“Before it was RM1 million, now it is RM5 million but next year there will be more. I will make an announcement about what we can do,” national news agency Bernama quoted the Prime Minister as saying at an Umno event in Gerik.

“If Umno is not in power, the Malays will be doomed, I as the President will ensure Umno and Barisan Nasional continue to be in power,” Najib added.

Najib, who is Umno president and BN chief said that further details on the annual allocation will be announced soon.

Annual allocations for BN MPs are usually used for development projects in constituencies which the ruling coalition controls.

Opposition MPs do not have access to these allocations.

At the same event, Najib was also quoted as saying that while he was always ready to accept criticism in his administration of the country and party but such criticisms needed to be done through proper channels.

“As the president I wish to stress that in an organisation there must be proper conformity, there must be discipline. Not that there will be no difference in opinion but such opinions must be voiced out behind closed doors.

“I have said I can be criticised but there is a place and way to do it. If criticism is thrown out (in public), the one that will be damaged is our party. One can criticise, as so long as it is done ‘through the proper channel’,” Najib said.

Discontent appears to be brewing within Umno in at least three states: Johor, Sabah and Kedah since the removal of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal from Cabinet following their vocal criticism of the government’s handling of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Despite their axing from government, the two senior Umno leaders hold much sway among party grassroot leaders in its Johor fortress and Sabah, considered a BN “fixed deposit” for elections.