PETALING JAYA: Khairy Jamaluddin (pic) has questioned the work trip taken by top cops from Bukit Aman, urging the Pakatan Harapan government to provide clarity on the matter.
It was reported earlier on Wednesday (Feb 13) that Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng was not aware that an agency under the ministry sponsored a trip to Turkey for the Inspector-General of Police and other top brass at Bukit Aman.
He said the trip was instead sponsored by Da Ma Cai, a number-forecasting company.
Sarawak Report had published an article claiming that Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun and several top senior officers had gone on a lavish trip to Turkey, said to have cost more than RM300,0000.
Khairy urged the Home Minister to provide the exact cost, claiming that there were pictures on the Internet of the officers' wives on the trip with them.
"We do not want a conflict of interest on the matter. It is best for Pakatan to provide an explanation," the Rembau MP said on his Facebook account.
Earlier, Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin refuted the allegation, saying that the Malaysia Totalisator Board sponsored the trip.
He explained that he had been informed and consented to the trip.
Muhyiddin said the reason for the trip to Turkey was to attend training on initiatives to combat online gambling.
Sarawak Report alleged that Mohamad Fuzi and 17 other police officers had headed to Istanbul via Doha on Feb 7.
The site also implied that the officers were on a lavish trip there, staying in a four-star hotel.
It also put up a rough estimate of the trip, claiming that the flights would come up to RM254,218 while the hotel rooms would have cost RM58,225, without taking meals and other expenses into account.