Former Selangor Menteri Besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo along with his family and other state officials spent almost RM1.8 million on two overseas trips which including a tour of Paris and Orlando Disneyland.
A 'reconnaissance team' which went to make arrangements for the trip spent RM366,000. The four-day stopover in Dubai cost the state an additional RM10,000.
When asked by committee chairperson, Selangor state assembly speaker Teng Chang Kim on the objective of the trip to Morroco and Paris, Khairiyah said the trip to Morroco was an exposure visit to study the architecture in the country.“We wanted to see the architecture there as they reflected the glory days of the Islamic empire and we had wanted to try and adopt it here in Selangor,” said the PNSB CEO.No concrete outcome from the visit
“If it is really a technical visit. A serious meeting between Disneyland and the delegation should have took place but instead the delegation paid for the tickets (like ordinary visitors) and claim they can learn from just looking around,” Azmin said.Azmin also backed his argument by saying that it was no coincidence that Khir had made both the Disneyland trips in December during the school holidays.
Khairiyah who was also part of the delegation however defended her boss’ action and said that the visit was significant in realising PNSB’s ambitions of developing a theme park at Bagan Lalang.“We were there to study the concept and had to do a comparative study (with other Disneylands from other countries),” she said, and added that the development of the theme park was already underway and that it will be build on a 20 to 21-acre piece of land in Bagan Lalang
Later in a press conference, Teng (photo, left) said that various apparent discrepancies have been discovered during the hearing and that the committee will be holding a meeting soon to discuss further action.“Besides the two witnesses who had refused to attend the hearing, I am satisfied with the cooperation showed by other witnesses. We will scrutinise the documents we have received and will prepare a report before the next sitting of the state assembly,” he said.
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