Malaysia

Khalid says he is paying for PR election bus

SHAH ALAM, Nov 19 — Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said the double-decker bus used by Pakatan Rakyat for its campaign for the 13th general election is self-funded and does not involve the state government. 

He said he was paying RM10,833 in monthly instalments for the bus which was worth almost RM650,000.

“This bus for election campaigning was bought personally. I encourage the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to look into this and I will provide the relevant documents,” he said in reply to a question from Datuk Mohamad Satim Diman (BN-Seri Serdang) on the first day of the Selangor state assembly sitting here today. 

Mohamad Satim had asked whether the state government carried out audits to ensure the bus purchase transaction was correct, transparent and responsible.

Abdul Khalid was previously reported as saying the rental cost for the bus was self-funded for six months and the bus would travel all over Peninsular Malaysia, especially to rural areas to introduce opposition leaders to the people. 

The bus, registered under Abdul Khalid’s name, can carry up to 19 passengers and is furnished with a mini-stage and sophisticated audio system. — Bernama

 

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