The government has spent nearly RM1 million for the official visits of the prime minister’s four special ambassadors over a two-year period.
The four special ambassadors consist of PAS Chairman Abdulhadi Awang (Middle East), DPP Chairman Tiong Keng Seng (China), United People’s Sarawak Party Vice Chairman Richard Ryut (East Asia), MIC S Vigneswaran (India) and South Asia Chairman . ).
The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Special Missions), Abdullatif Ahmed, said that the expenditures of the four special ambassadors amounted to RM923,455.10 including official visits at home and abroad.
Expenses are calculated from January 2020 to June 2022.
In a written answer to a question from Chan Vung Hen (PH-Kota Kinabalu), Abdul Latif said the expenditures were used to carry out the duties and obligations for which he was responsible, as well as to attract investment into the country.
He said that the Special Envoy of the Prime Minister also held a number of official meetings with several ambassadors and Chargé d’Affairs (CDA) of the countries concerned to get direct comments.
“This also strengthens bilateral relations that involve cooperation in the political, economic and educational fields,” he said in a written response in the Diwan of Rakyat.
Earlier, Vong Hen asked about the duties of each of the Prime Minister’s special ambassadors in detail as per the details of their job titles, dates and expenditures for the period from 2020 to 2022.
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