RM4.44m spent on over­seas mis­sions

> 131 trips over three-year pe­riod to en­hance de­vel­op­ment, says Lim

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

GE­ORGE TOWN: The Pe­nang state gov­ern­ment has spent a to­tal of RM4.44 mil­lion from June 2013 to Septem­ber 2016 on over­seas mis­sions

Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng said 131 mis­sions were con­ducted over that pe­riod with 16 in 2013 (RM444,968.60), 46 in 2014 (RM1.27 mil­lion), 35 in 2015 (RM1.9 mil­lion) and 34 as at Septem­ber, 2016 (RM778,148.95).

He said these over­seas trips had ben­e­fited the state econ­omy, strengthen in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions and en­hanced the tourism, en­vi­ron­ment, agri­cul­ture, ed­u­ca­tion, med­i­cal, in­dus­trial and tech­no­log­i­cal sec­tors.

He said new ideas were cre­ated to im­prove the econ­omy, es­pe­cially the small and medium en­ter­prise sec­tors.

On en­vi­ron­men­tal af­fairs, Lim said these mis­sions helped make co­op­er­a­tion be­tween coun­tries eas­ier with re­gard to en­ergy con­ser­va­tion, re­cy­cling pro­cesses, solid waste man­age­ment and han­dling global warm­ing.

He said new agri­cul­ture tech­nol­ogy and pro­cesses could be iden­ti­fied for use in Pe­nang and cited ex­am­ples of us­ing spir­ulina in man­ag­ing waste wa­ter from farms and tap­ping re­new­able en­ergy from farm waste.

“These vis­its are aimed at en­hanc­ing the de­vel­op­ment of Pe­nang and each mis­sion is planned in de­tail with spe­cific ob­jec­tives,” he said in reply to Ong Kok Fooi (DAP–Ber­apit).

When de­bat­ing the Sup­ply Bill 2017 later, Datuk Shah Headan Ay­oob Hus­sain Shah (BN–Teluk Ba­hang) ques­tioned the state on tabling deficit bud­gets yearly only to de­clare a sur­plus when the ac­counts close.

He asked if the state had con­ducted a study to iden­tify why al­lo­ca­tions were left un­spent and whether the state was us­ing cost-sav­ing as a way to earn po­lit­i­cal mileage.

Elab­o­rat­ing on the mat­ter, Shah Headan urged the state to use ex­cess funds to gen­er­ate eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity by spend­ing on in­fras­truc­ture projects like build­ing roads es­pe­cially dur­ing un­cer­tain eco­nomic times.

... Pos Malaysia staff Norsy­ifa Khalid show­ing the new spe­cial stamp series and its first-day cov­ers which show­case Malaysia’s well-known places of wor­ships in Ge­orge Town, Pe­nang yes­ter­day. The col­lec­tion fea­tures Masjid Kap­i­tan Kel­ing (Pe­nang), St Fran­cis Xavier Church (Malacca), Sri Kan­daswamy Kovil Tem­ple (Kuala Lumpur), Gur­d­wara Sahib Shapha (Kuala Lumpur) and Perak Cave Tem­ple (Perak).

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