Datuk Seri Ng Yen Yen denied today that the Tourism Ministry overpaid nearly RM270 million for advertisements last year, despite a finding by the Auditor-General that showed direct negotiations in breach of government rules had contributed to the extra amount.
She provided no explanation, however, as to why the Auditor-General's report tabled in Parliament recently had singled out her ministry for breaching Treasury rules.
"Ministry of Tourism Malaysia did not overspend, did not spend more .... The report says that the amount of direct buys is more but not the total amount of promotion is more, there's a difference." Ng told reporters today following the launch of Art Expo Malaysia 2011 here.
Now, mathematically, the total amount = the amount of direct buy + others. Now, can "others" be a non-positive number such that the total amount is not more than the amount of direct buy?
As good old Patrick would say, "Niamah" what is she talking? However, I am not impressed. Her ministry spent close to RM1.8 million to create six stupid Tourism Malaysia Facebook applications. What do you expect of her, anyway?
Incidentally I wonder whether this woman has given up her Australian PR yet?