At a Cost to Malaysian taxpayers of RM 1.9 Million, or RM 15,573.77 for each soldier.
Malaysian Armed Forces Acting PA Director Colonel Fadzlette Othman Merican said that the 122-member team from The Royal Malay Regiment has been selected to perform the “London Public Duties” in England. The First Battalion will represent the regiment, and will leave Kuaa Lumpur on 16th April 2008 for a 60 day tour of duty in the United Kingdom at a cost of RM1.9 million, this amount will cover their insurance, attire and flight tickets.
This works out to RM 15,573.77 each, thus the attire they are going to wear must be really costly, as the return air fare will not exceed RM 5,000 each, and the insurance premium will be say RM 500.00 each, that leaves a balance of about RM10,073.77 each for their kit!!!!!
The RM 10K kit, sorry, 'attire' may be:
Gold Lame' under ware, and bejewelled sequinned tunics, with golden metallic trousers, all bespoke tailored at Najib's personal tailors in Savile Row, London? The hats of course will be class A songkoks, bought at Jalan Masjid india in KL for about RM 50 each.
The team will be guarding
DPM Najib Abdul Razak, who is also defence minister, tried to defend the decision to send the team as a recognition for Malaysian soldiers, by the Chief of General Staff of the United Kingdom, Sir Richard Dannat, who had been impressed with them during a visit here recently.
“He saw our capability, the way our soldiers marched, so he proposed that we be given this honour. I take it as an honour for our Malay Regiment. It is not about guarding the palace but about the recognition. That is important,” Najib was reported to have said.
If you think it is so important Mr Defence Minister, why don’t you fork out the 1.9 million Ringgit yourself, why should the Malaysian taxpayers pay for your ego building trip.
UPDATE on 8th April 2008London public duties updated:
The cost to send the 122 'members' of the Royal Malay Regiment (RMR) to serve in “London public duties” in England for two months will be shared with the British government.
A Defence Ministry public relations division spokesman said it was a cost sharing mission between the two governments.
“They invited us there so they will bear some of the costs and we will pay the rest,” she said.
Earlier, the Defence Ministry in a press statement had said there were some mistakes in news reports on the cost of the mission. When asked, the spokesperson declined to reveal the actual cost.
On 7th April 2008, BERNAMA had reported the 'team' will depart for London on 16 April, and were expected to begin their duty on 18th April until it ends on 12th June 2008.
The ministry said the cost mentioned in the article was 'not accurate' but agreed that it was for insurance, attire and flight tickets.
The ministry also denied that the team will be attired in ceremonial temperate dress, comprising a red coat, black pants and a bearskin cap as stated in the report as they would be donning their army (Tentera Darat Malaysia) uniform.
More spin, fudging and bullshit stories can be expected.
Whatever the truth is, taxpayers' money is being poured down the drain.
I bet it will cost the Malaysian taxpayers much more than RM1.9 million with all the +++
One thing is certain, the actual cost will be kept a Official Secret.
Sic volo, sic iubeo!
- I want this, I order this!