Zairil and Steven Sim's fail to include 2 days of travel time in reckless accusation of Muhyiddin
DAP MPs' Steven Sim and Zairil Khir Johari raised issue on Muhyiddin which include golf but accused it as making it a private visit for rest and recreation.
It only shows how ignorance DAP is in the way of the working of government and the extent needed to build relations and bring investment and businesses to Malaysia.
Most likely, it is not that they do not know but merely refusing to understand but making an issue to paint a distorted picture of the and government.
The statement as published in Malaysia Chronicles here, below and inspersed with our comments in red:
OURS OF WORK IN 5 DAYS!
'Lazy' Muhyiddin off on golfing holiday NOT working visit
Written by Steven Sim, Zairil Khir Johari
According to leaked documents (see attachment) posted on what appears to be a whistle-blower blog (http://peniupwisel2020.blogspot.com/2014/04/timbalan-perdana-menteri-membazir-lagi.html), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin appears to be enjoying a five-day in Dubai at the expense of Malaysian taxpayers.
Special aircraft: Three hours of work in five days
The itinerary for Muhyiddin’s “working visit” to Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 8 to 12 April 2014, on the ostensible pretext of attending the Gulf Education and Training Exhibition (GETEX) 2014, reveals that the Deputy Prime Minister is travelling by “special aircraft.”
Staying at the five-star Shangri-La Hotel Dubai for the entire five-day trip, Muhyiddin’s duties at GETEX requires him to attend the official opening ceremony, officiate the Education Malaysia Pavilion, and take courtesy calls from the UAE Minister of Education and the Minister of Culture, Youth and Social Development. Finally, he is scheduled to sign an MOU on . All the above programmes are scheduled to occupy his time from 10am to 1pm on 9 April, from whence he would depart to the Montgomerie Golf Club, to be followed by a cruise dinner.
[Has travel time been included in the 5 days so-called fun and games of Muhyiddin. If so, then the 8th and the 12th has to be struck off, thus leaving on 3 days of "work".
So Zairil and Sim's accusation should be 3 hours of work in 3 working days. That is either a naughty spin or Zairil and Steven SIm did not properly read the whistleblower .]
The remaining (two days) days in Dubai will be spent on “private programmes” and the occasional informal dinner with a few business figures and Malaysian diaspora. On the final day, he has another golf engagement.
[If Zairil and Sim bother to check the "private programmes" and functions including the golf is common in meeting because it allows for personal relationship to be developed. And if they bother to check, there is nothing unusual in his itinery.
Maybe it is unusual for a chocolate manufacturing business in which it may have gone bad and had to resort to politics to make a living. Lucky someone is a bastard son of a Tan Sri and useful tool for DAP to ridicule UMNO.]
In other words, Muhyiddin is spending five days in Dubai for only three hours’ worth of official education business, 10 hours on the golf course and two whole days on “private programmes.” Surely, there are many questions to be answered, especially if this trip is to be paid for by the public purse.
[After the stupid unjustified accusations, they now go to the typical DAP mode of money as though there was abuse.]
Is this what MOE’s budget is spent on?
The rakyat has the right to know who is footing the bill for this luxury trip, including the cost of the “special aircraft,” hotel stay at the five-star Shangri-La Dubai for the entire delegation, and other costs accrued that will be borne by the Government, including the Ministry of Education, Education Malaysia, Talentcorp (which is sponsoring the Malaysian diaspora dinner on 11 April) and the Prime Minister’s Department (where the DPM’s Office is parked under).
[Off course it government. It will not look right that Muhyiddin get himself sponsored as it can compromised the government's reputation. Furthermore, the events are to benefit the country and only fair for government to bear the cost as per the Deputy prime Minister's entitlement. That entitlement is what the civil servants provided for.]
The Ministry of Education (MOE) has been allocated the largest budget amongst all ministries for 2014 (RM54 billion or 21 per cent of the Federal Budget), yet student outcomes have been the worst in recent times. Not only have Malaysian students fared badly in international assessments such as PISA (Programme for International Students Assessment) and TIMSS (Trends in International Math and Science Study), the MOE has also recently revealed that English proficiency has declined badly amongst our teachers and students, according to a report by Cambridge English.
The one in blue has no relevance and too distance in connection to the issue raised but an embelishment intended to potray as though government wasted money at expense of quality of education.
Government works according to budget. Education programs has its budget and administration and other expenses has its allocated budget. Using the allocated budget does not encroached into programs for education.
Certainly so when the budget could be coming from the DPM office and not MOE.
Even if it is from MOE, Muhyiddin is stretching the opportunity from the trip made using MOE allocated budget to also do other matter for nation interest. That is killing two three birds with one stone. Comprende?
While there is no doubt that education is a critical area to be focusing our resources on, the Government should be spending on real programmes that improve student outcomes and not on expensive leisure trips for the Deputy Prime Minister to play golf.
That is cheap and cliche typical of shallow DAP style of arguing.
By the way, the golf programmes are corporate programmes in which there are many business captains and leaders that DPM could meet, get acquinted and strengthen personal toes already made but cost borne by them.
DO raise that please!
We also call upon the Auditor-General to investigate not only this trip to Dubai, but also any other trips Muhyiddin my have undertaken in recent times.
Shallow call... find other issues la stupid!
Steven Sim Chee Keong, Member of Parliament for Bukit Mertajam
Zairil Khir Johari, Member of Parliament for Bukit Bendera
source : the unspinners