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‘Najib spent RM44.071mil abroad in 5 years’

 | July 17, 2013

The PM spent RM10 million more than his predecessor Pak Lah in his overseas trips in the last five year.

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KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has spent staggering RM44.071 million in the past five years for official duties abroad, revealed Taiping MP Nga Kor Ming today.

Citing a written reply from the Minister of Prime Minister’s Department Shahidan Kassim, Nga  said that the amount equaled to RM8.814 million a year and RM734,516 per month over the period.

The expenditure was incurred in between March 2008 and May 2013 and covered Najib’s entourage too.

“Pak Lah (former PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) only spent RM30 million in five years when he was in office. Najib must tell us what he has achieved with such expenditure for his trips abroad,” he told reporters in the Parliament’s lobby today.

Meanwhile, the DAP national assistant treasurer also threatened to refer Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to the Parliament’s rights and privilege committee for misleading the House over the latter’s statement that the establishment of IPCMC is unconstitutional.

Zahid had earlier told the House that setting up of an IPCMC, or Independent Police Complaint and Misconduct Commission, would result in “overlapping jurisdictions and laws among the country’s enforcement agencies”.

Zahid had also said that he was against the concept as the police may be treated worse than criminals.

Dismissing this notion, Nga reiterated that Article 140(1) of the Federal Constitution permits the Parliament to exercise its powers to take control over issues pertaining to discipline among members of the police force.

“Article 140(2) also provided that Federal law may provide for the exercise of other functions by the police force commission,” he pointed out.

“As such, it is only appropriate that Zahid  apologise to the Dewan, failing which, it can be construed that he had made such statement with deliberate intention to mislead the House,” he said.
RM55mil for Youth Day

Meanwhile, DAP’s Bukit Mertajam MP Sim Chee Keong claimed that the National Youth Day celebration held between May 23 and May 27 last year cost a whopping RM55 million.

He claimed that on the top of Youth Ministry’s allocation of RM27 million, the ministry had also received private sponsorship amounting to RM28 million.

“In another words, the government spent an average of RM11 million a day,” he said.

The Youth Day featured 500 events in 28 segments and saw the performance of K-pop artistes from South Korea, which cost RM2.04 million.

Sim said the money could had been better utilised by building school fields in SJK (T) Kampung Baru, SJK (T) Ladang Alma, SJK (C) Keow Kuang and SK Machang Bubok, all located in Bukit Mertajam.

He said the money could have also been used to help 43 blind students from SRK Bukit Minyak who appealed for assistance Braillers.

“Each Brailler costs about RM2,250. In other words, RM11 million can buy 5,000 units of Braillers for the blind children,” he said.


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