I WAS utterly shocked after reading Malaysiakini‘s 18 Feb 2009 report, Police blow RM15 mil on KT by-election. It said: “A staggering RM15 million was spent by the Royal Malaysian Police for the deployment of over 3,000 personnel in the recent Kuala Terengganu by-election.”
This figure is utterly shocking considering what could be a huge economic downturn the country is facing. Is this how the Barisan Nasional-led government conserves money during times of economic hardship? If the police alone could spend RM15 million on such a small election, what was the total government bill for the whole by-election? A few hundred million?
Also, if the police can spend RM15 million on just one state, what happens in a general election? Will the figure be RM15 million multiplied by 13 states?
How did the cost of canopy rentals reach RM6 million?
(© George Bosela / sxc.hu)
What is more intriguing is the breakdown for the RM15 million. An astounding RM6 million, the largest breakdown, was spent on the rental of canopies. How can mere canopy rentals come up to RM6 million?
I am resigning from my job with immediate effect and starting a canopy rental company. If a few days of work can rake in RM6 million, in a fiscal year, I can easily make few hundred million in profit. This is definitely the business I want to go into. The profits are far higher than for most Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange-listed companies.
I think the audit committee needs to look into the exorbitant spending by the police, especially the RM6 million spent on canopies.
19 Feb 2009