PUTRAJAYA: The recent trip to Turkey by the Bukit Aman top brass was not the first official trip sponsored by the Malaysia Totalisator Board.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said that the board had actually sponsored three trips previously.
According to Lim, the board had approved and sponsored a trip for police officials between June 12 and 17, 2012, costing RM69,763 and for another trip dated June 10 to 14, 2013, with a sponsorship worth RM95,040.
The third trip was for May 1 to 6, 2014, and the board had forked out RM128,000 for the trip.
Lim pointed out again that the latest trip which involved Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun was approved on Nov 23 in 2017 before Pakatan Harapan took over and before he was appointed a minister.
"This clearly shows that all trips were approved during the Barisan Nasional administration and when Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was the prime minister," he said in a statement on Friday (Feb 15).
Lim again reiterated that he had no inkling on the sponsorship of the senior Bukit Aman officials.