Thursday, May 08, 2008

Malaysiakini : RM1.14m for Dr M and two other gov't advisers

This is an interesting disclosure from parliament. Advisers are being paid for not doing anything. The amount is staggering indeed.

Zulkfili Noordin's (PKR-Kulim Bandar Baru) had made press statement on this matter in his blog.

Another interesting episode on this issue is Zulkifli was interjecting Ahmad Maslan (BN - Pontian). Both MPs are my friends from New Zealand days. Zulkifli is my senior while Ahmad is my junior. They are graduates of Victoria University, Wellington.

Three of us at one time were together for few days under BTN's training camp somewhere. Both of them went on to be part of BTN team while I was dropped out, I guess not good enough to be part of UMNO propaganda machinery.
These two MPs were also very active in Wellington's UMNO club....Ahmad was the president at one time and both are excellent penceramahs. I still admire Ahmad's style, ada kelas.

Ahmad Maslan during election 2008

RM1.14m for Dr M and two other gov't advisers
Beh Lih Yi, Fauwaz Abdul Aziz & Rahmah Ghazali
May 8, 08 8:05pm
RM1.14m each year for three gov’t advisers.

An opposition MP has revealed that the government is paying a total of RM1.14 million each year to Petronas adviser Dr Mahathir Mohamad and two advisers to Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

According to Zulkifli Noordin (PKR-Kulim Bandar Baru), Mahathir - who is also the ex-premier - is being paid RM180,000 per year while Abdullah’s advisers Shahrizat Abdul Jalil (women and social development affairs) and Abdul Hamid Othman (religious) received RM404,726 and RM549,675 respectively.

The figures were revealed in two separate parliamentary written replies to Zulkifli from the premier earlier this week.

Zulkifli disclosed the figures while interjecting Ahmad Maslan (BN-Pontian) debate on the royal address this afternoon. Ahmad was highlighting the issue of poverty at the time.

“Why are we paying these three advisers who are not doing work? We could have distributed the money to the poor people to address the issue of poverty,” said the PKR MP.