Canopy rental in Kuala Terengganu: RM6 million
Scores of police vehicles were on standby during the Kuala Terengganu by-election campaign
Here’s the bill for the deployment of 3,376 police personnel during the Kuala Terengganu by-election (as reported by Bernama with my comments in brackets):
- Travelling and living allowance – RM2,700,000
- Foodstuff and accommodation – RM4,500,000
- Dried food and beverages – RM65,000 (Dried food? Do they mean snacks?)
- Communication and utilities – RM50,000
- Canopy rental – RM6,000,000 (Sounds like a good business, no? Some of these canopies even had airconditioning.)
- Fuel and spare sparts – RM698,000 (Does this include helicopter fuel?)
- Raw material and others – RM310,000 (Raw materials? Huh? What raw materials?)
- Maintenance and minor repairs – RM830,000 (Doesn’t sound ‘minor’ to me! Helicopter maintenance included?)
- Total expenditure incurred by rakyat – RM15,153,000
Blog reader Ganesh from KL is thinking of quitting his job:
This figure is utterly shocking in an environment of economic downturn. Is this how the BN-led government conserves money during an economic downturn? If the police alone can spend RM15 million on such a small election, what was the final bill for all government agencies during the whole by-election?
Also, if the police can spend RM15 million on just one constituency, what happens in a general election? What is more intriguing is the detailed bill for the RM15 million figure. A shocking RM6 million, the largest item, was spent for the rental of canopy.
I am resigning from my job with immediate effect and starting a canopy rental company. If a few days of work can reap RM6 million, in a fiscal year, I can easily make a couple of hundred million profit. This is definitely the business I want to go in. The profits are far higher than what most Bursa Saham companies make.
Wonder what the bill is going to be like for the coming by-elections. Then again, the expenditure could be included as part of the economic stimulus package!