RM1.3m for NAM delegates’ travel

  • Nation
  • Friday, 21 Mar 2003

THE Government spent RM1.3mil ontravel expenses for delegates from 15 less developed countries attending the recent Non-Aligned Movement Summit. 

Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Dr Shafie Mohd Salleh said it was a gesture by the Government for the delegates to see the development in Malaysia. 

“Total expenditure for the summit was estimated at RM90.4mil,” he said when winding-up the motion of thanks on the Royal Address. 

Dr Shafie denied the Government had suffered losses in import duty on luxury cars used during the summit. 

“The cars were already in the country and we did not have to import them,” he said, adding that they had depreciated by 5% after being used for less than three months. 

Dr Shafie said the Government did not spend any money to renovate PWTC but paid rent for the summit.  

Meanwhile, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Zainal Abidin Zin said the opposition should not equate the US action in Iraq with the Government’s use of the Internal Security Act to detain those who posed a threat to the country’s security. 

“We use the ISA, an Act passed in Parliament for use whenever it was necessary to act against individuals with ill intentions,” he told Kerk Kim Hock (DAP – Kota Melaka). 

To a question on alleged “black gold politics” in MCA, Zainal said that police would investigate based on a report lodged by MCA Youth chief Datuk Ong Tee Keat. 

Kerk had asked whether the ISA would be used to detain politicians suspected to be involved in black gold politics. 

“Black means secret society and gold means money. This form of politics means there is co-operation between secret societies and politicians and involves money politics,” he said. 

Deputy Works Minister Datuk Khaled Nordin said a national water policy was being formulated to better manage water sources. 

He said that every state was asked to review the draft policy and give feedback to the ministry.  

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