IPOH: May 13, 2008
It was their first time travelling to attend the Dewan Rakyat sitting in Kuala Lumpur, but Perak elected representatives of the Pakatan Rakyat government dismissed the idea of taking their personal cars.
Instead, some 30 assemblymen and their personal assistants opted to take a government bus from the State Secretariat to cut down on travel costs.
Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin said that by journeying by bus, it helped the state to “save tremendously”.
“We only need to pay for the fuel and toll charges for the trip,” he told reporters before boarding the bus at 7am yesterday.
Opposition express: Mohammad Nizar (right) and other Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen boarding the bus at the Perak State Secretariat building before departing for Parliament to attend the Dewan Rakyat sitting yesterday.
“If we go individually, we would use a lot of state funds for everyone’s petrol, toll and allowance claims,” he added.
Nizar said that although they were not part of the Dewan Rakyat proceedings, he felt that the trip would allow the Pakatan Rakyat assemblyman to gain valuable exposure.
“It is the best time to learn, as most of us are first-timers. We can see how our MPs debate with the Barisan Nasional MPs.
“We can also learn how to conduct the session and gain experience from there before holding the state assembly meeting here,” he added.
Sitiawan assemblyman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham and Pantai Remis assemblyman Nga Kor Ming, who are both MPs, greeted the group when they arrived at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur.
When they arrived at the Parliament house, they had separate meetings with Opposition Leader Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang.