Thursday, May 29, 2008


Mohd Azmin Ali (PKR-Gombak) raised at the Dewan Rakyat yesterday while debating the Supplementary Supply Bill, that VIP's (Cabinet Members and BN representatives) wives were given special treatment at Malaysian Missions overseas. Mohd Azmin further informed that Deputy Prime Minister's wife, Rosmah Mansor was allegedly to do luxury shopping sprees at London with large purchases and the transportation back home was borne by the Malaysian Embassy in London and national carrier MAS. It was mentioned that the overseas missions out of fear were apparently required to go overboard in assisting these Cabinet Ministers and their spouses.

In defence, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Utama Rais Yatim and Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak claimed that there were no such privileges extended. To substantiate, Rais Yatim had received a fax letter in the wee hours in the morning in London that there was no such treatment given by the Malaysian Embassy in London.(Can anyone believe this?). The only assistance offered were with the arrival and departure of Rosmah Mansor while winding-up the debate.

Najib further stated that Mohd Azmin was being petty and just frivolous on this issue when the House has more important matters to debate upon.

photo n news courtesy of Malaysiakini