Tuesday, October 19, 2010

An Expensive Palace


My car had a frisky rendezvous with another car last Friday night. And just because I slam-banged his metal rear, my car had to go into a workshop for a patch up. I will be without wheels for two weeks and this is really unfortunate. For a start, I missed the KL Advanced Toastmasters meeting yesterday and sigh, I didn’t get to do my prepared speech.
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The government has approved a further RM147 million for the new Istana Negara – Works Minister Shaziman Abu Mansor had explained in a written reply to Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng in Parliament yesterday and reported on the same day by The Malaysian Insider – this additional boost was to bear costs that were not included in the original contract which was set at RM650 million. They include costs to increase the palace’s security system, capital contribution payments to utility companies and interior decorations.

And when we tally the construction costs for access roads to the palace – the flyover from Jalan Duta will now costs RM106 million and upgrading works on Jalan Changkat Semantan remains at RM32.5 million – the total cost for the construction of the Malaysian King’s palace complex and access roads would rake up the bill to a massively whopping RM935.5 million! And to think that the initial bill that was presented to Malaysians was at a modest RM400 million!

My mood has already soured this morning. The government keeps on spending taxpayers’ money as if there is no tomorrow! I really worry for this country!

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