Monday 13 June 2011

RM27m spent on Million Youths meet

KUALA LUMPUR, June 13 — Putrajaya said today it spent a total of RM27 million for the Million Youths Assembly held last month, 18 times the initial RM1.5 million budget for the National Youth Day event.

Youth And Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek stressed today that the government did not use any “additional expenditure” for the event, and said a “large” amount of the RM27 million was obtained via sponsorship from the private sector.

“The allocation which was prepared by the government to carry out the National Youth Day amounted to RM1.5 million. However, the total costs amounted to RM27 million, where most of it was obtained via sponsorship from the private sector,” Ahmad Shabery said in a reply to Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (Marang-PAS).

The Million Youth Assembly, held from May 27 to May 29 was aimed at providing a platform for youths to “showcase their talents and interests through over 200 programmes” as well as highlighting job opportunities through a Job Fair.

Today, Ahmad Shabery said the gathering was a “success”, based on the number of youths who had reportedly attended the event in Putrajaya.

During the assembly, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had called on youths to “defend Putrajaya” from the opposition if they wished to see Malaysia transformed into a developed country.

His deputy, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, had told reporters that the total visitors to the assembly surpassed the one million mark.

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