PAC may penalise DAP's Ng for grounding trip

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  • Monday, 24 Jan 2005

SHAH ALAM: Selangor DAP assemblyman Ng Suee Lim, who pulled out of a controversial study tour to Egypt, may have to pay a penalty for causing the tour's cancellation, said tour leader Datuk Ahmad Bhari Abdul Rahman. 

The much-talked about eight-day tour, which originally included a belly dance performance and a Nile River cruise, was booked for the Selangor Public Accounts Committee (PAC), and was supposed to have taken off on Jan 18. 

After a public outcry, the tour itinerary was revised. 

But with Ng's pullout, the committee lacked the quorum to proceed and the tour was abandoned.  

Ahmad Bhari, who is a state PAC member, said today it was normal for tour delegation members who had confirmed their participation to be charged a penalty if they caused the cancellation of a trip. 

Ahmad Bhari said Ng caused the cancellation of the Egypt visit with his withdrawal. 

“Please send the bill to our friend from the DAP,” he said when contacted. 

Ng, the assemblyman for Sekinchan and DAP's sole representative in the PAC committee, said he pulled out of the tour because the itinerary deviated from the tour's educational objectives. 

Ahmad Bhari, the assemblyman for Taman Templer, said he would not have been disappointed if a “purely” pleasure trip was cancelled.  

However, he said, the intended nine-man delegation comprising PAC members and government officers involved in the committee's work had scheduled a meeting with Malaysian students at AlAzhar University besides visiting Egypt's Parliament and several museums. 

“The students are bound to be angry,” he added. – Bernama 

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