KUALA LUMPUR: In yesterday’s parliamentary session, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok requested the prime minister Ismail Sabri to state how many government officials and private personnel followed him to Japan in May and how much money was spent on that 6-day official trip.
She urged him to present a cost breakdown of the expenses which were paid by the government.
“Why is Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri refusing to answer my question and report the cost of his official visit to the Parliament?
“Is this because the total cost of his official trip to Japan is higher than the total cost of then prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s official visits during his five-year premiership which costs RM44.1 million?” she asked.
She asked the Prime Minister to represent the cost after Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Special Functions) Datuk Abdul Latiff Ahmad ignored her question.
Abdul Latiff, istead, insisted that the prime minister’s visit to Japan from May 23 to 28 is a high-profile official event.
He also stressed on the greatest outcome and the importance bringing the tie between Japan and Malaysia from “Strategic Partnership” to “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership”.
Kok, however, wanted to know only the “total amount of people that participated in the visit and the breakdown of the related cost”.
“I don’t understand why the PMO avoids answering my question related to the cost involved in his official trip to Japan when such questions have been asked towards former prime ministers.
“And it has been answered before in the Parliament,” she said.