RM300 Mln To Organise Monsoon Cup Not From Oil Royalty, Says MB. Is This True?
He said the allocations came from the federal government which were channeled through the Youth and Sports Ministry, Tourism Ministry and Finance Ministry, while the state government contributed only RM4 million each year for the sailing competition.
"The allocations were not just used for organising the Monsoon Cup but also for building various infrastructure like hotels, a berth and car park at Pulau Duyong here.
"For instance, the cost of organising the event last year was only RM22.6 million," he told reporters after launching seven books published by the Terengganu Islamic Religious and Malay Custom Council (Maidam), here Tuesday.
Ahmad was asked to comment on claims that Terengganu's oil royalty or known as the federal government's special fund, had been used to organise the Monsoon Cup.
Ahmad said the cost of organising the Monsoon Cup was actually small compared with the benefits derived from it.
For example, he said, last year's event which was broadcast by international television sports channel ESPN drew more than 1.3 billion viewers worldwide.
"Imagine the cost we would incur if we were to buy international advertising space to promote Terengganu."
Ahmad said the Monsoon Cup would continue to be held until 2012 as in the agreement signed with the organisers, but this year's event would include more activities involving the local people.
Asked about plans after the agreement ends, Ahmad said the state government would "consider the matter when the time comes". (Bernama)
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