How much, for an 8-min Unesco fame? Education Minister Hishammuddin Hussein leaves for Paris today for the executive board meeting of the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, or Unesco. Cool.
What might not be so cool is this: Last year, Malaysian taxpayers coughed up some EUR 500,000 to send Hisham to a Unesco meeting. His team consisted 11 persons and spent EUR 250,000 on accomodation & entertainment and EUR 150,000 on transport within the city of Paris. Not inclusive of flight fares. Hisham spoke for 8 minutes then.
The delegation is slightly bigger this time - 15 persons instead of 11. They may spend more days there too. Read h e r e, even the Minister himself has to "sacrifice" the second day of Hari Raya to fly to Paris! If you've been to Paris, you know how expensive the city is. What are the chances we - the taxpayers - would end up paying less for the trip this time around?
I don't think I have to remind Hisham that a lot of people are watching closely. Notwithstanding the "keris" rep, the son of Malaysia's third PM is a senior Minister and considered a top contender for one of Umno's senior posts to be contested at the party's election next March.