PAS lawmaker blasts giant panda programme

30-May-2014 Intellasia | The Malaysian Insider | 6:00 AM Print This Post

A PAS lawmaker has criticised Malaysia’s giant panda programme, saying that spending RM60 to 70 million to keep a pair of the animals in Malaysia was a “ridiculous agreement” made by a “stupid government”.

Pokok Sena MP Datuk Mahfuz Omar also questioned what benefits Malaysia would gain from research on panda behaviour given that the animals were not native to the country.

“To commemorate 40 years of our diplomatic ties with China, we are paying them RM60-70 million for 10 years just for these pandas. But China does not give us any money to commemorate 40 years of diplomatic ties. This is a ridiculous agreement by a stupid government.

“They say we can gain benefits from studying panda behaviour. Please tell the public what kinds of benefits we can learn from the pandas,” Mahfuz said to reporters at PAS’s office in Kuala Lumpur today.

According to the Environment and Natural Resources Ministry, Malaysia has spent RM60 million so far to bring the pair of giant pandas to the country.

RM25 million was spent building the animals’ enclosure at the National Zoo, RM15 million on maintenance and RM20 million on rental for the first four years.


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