Perak MB: Motion to debate animation park losses not necessary

Perak MB Datuk Seri Faizal ahmad Azumu delivery his delivery on the state issues during the second day of the state assembly meeting.RONNIE CHIN/The Star

IPOH: It is not necessary to bring forward a motion proposing that the Perak state government step in to help debt-ridden Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS), says Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu.

The Mentri Besar said it would be odd for a state representative to urge the government to do so.

He felt that it (motion) would not take place because several others from Parti Amanah Negara and PKR felt it was not right for the motion to be debated as well.

"There are already several plans to repair the current situation of MAPS, including free entry into the theme park.

"The public only need to pay for the rides, and currently the income coming in is sufficient to pay the salaries of the staff, and other matters.

"The management of the park has several good plans ahead, and I will make announcements in due time," he told reporters after the ground breaking ceremony of a religious school in Chemor on Sunday (April 21).

He was asked to comment on Keranji assemblyman Chong Zhemin's statement recently that the motion was expected to be tabled on the last day of the Perak state legislative assembly sitting on Tuesday (April 23).

He had said if his motion is allowed by the speaker, he would debate it.

Chong, who is also Perak Corporation Berhad (PCB) audit committee chairman, had said MAPS' losses stood at RM474.4mil, and there was a need to rejuvenate the theme park.

Ahmad Faizal added that several steps had already been taken to investigate on the theme park's losses, including carrying out internal and external audits, and lodging a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

"The ongoing lengthy debates on MAPS at the state assembly is sufficient for now.

"So right now the state government has no plans to close down the theme park, as this will cause the state to incur more losses," he added.

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