PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has urged all parties to stop offering him gifts, saying that this culture must be stopped.
"I would like to remind everyone not to give me any more gifts and such practices must be discontinued," he said in a Facebook post on Thursday (Dec 1).
Anwar said he appreciated the good intentions of all parties but such a practice was not compatible with the ethics of leadership and administration as well as burden the people.
Anwar recently came under scrutiny when he was pictured wearing a pair of black shoes, which is believed to have cost more than RM5,000.
In a tweet, he explained that the shoes were a gift from the Johor's Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.
"(The shoes) were a gift from Tuanku Sultan Johor two years ago. It's fine if you want to question me, but avoid defamation," he tweeted.
Questions had been raised on social media over Anwar's shoes, despite the Tambun MP recently refusing to use a Mercedes S600 car provided by the Prime Minister's Department for work.
Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi had also come under fire for wearing expensive shoes when he was appointed earlier this year.
He also said that he did not buy shoes which were worth close to RM40,000, saying they were a gift from the Johor Sultan.