Friday, June 17, 2011

Tourism Ministry: RM1.8m spent on Facebook pages

KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 — A whopping RM1,758,432 was spent on developing six Facebook pages to promote Malaysian tourism, the Tourism Ministry said today.
Deputy Tourism Minister James Dawos Mamit said this today in reply to a question from Anthony Loke (Rasah-DAP).
Each Facebook page cost RM293,072 — Cuti-Cuti 1 Malaysia, Citrawarna 1Malaysia, Karnival Jualan Mega 1 Malaysia, Festival Pelancongan Seni Kontemporari 1 Malaysia, Kempen 1 Malaysia Bersih and Fabulous Food 1 Malaysia.
The Citrawarna 1 Malaysia page has so far attracted 20,292 Facebook fans since it was launched on May 21.
Mamit said that the RM1.8 million included costs for designing, flash programming and coding, testing and debugging, uploading and launching the application, system server deployment and campaign management.
“You need RM1.8 million to run Facebook pages and applications? A six-year-old can start a Facebook page.
“If Datuk Seri Ng Yen Yen has problems getting people to help start Facebook pages, DAP headquarters can help her out, we have people who can develop these things at no cost,” Loke told reporters later at a press conference.
Loke said that unless Ng explained the reasons behind the “exorbitant” costs for the “social media branding” exercise by her ministry, he intends to lodge a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

The above article was reported by the star newspaper(online)......and the malaysian citizen's have retaliated via Facebook as well thru a page called CURI-CURI WANG MALAYSIA (stealing malaysian money) that has hit almost a 100,000 ''Likes'' in just a duration of 3 days since it began....this is a copy of the info on the page..

LIKE this page. We can prove to government we no need to spend RM1.8M for a success fan page. We want our mismanaged money back! Please use English or Malay when posting for everyone can understand our voices. Keep this 
page clean from SPAM too, thanks!


This page created with purpose to voice against Malaysia Tourism Ministry who spent RM1,758,432 for a simple facebook fan page with 6-simple apps (cost RM293,072 each).

Facebook is FREE. Don't cheat our money in such stupid way and treat us like idiots. Suspend the contract and RETURN OUR MONEY!

CHANGE NOW to SAFE MALAYSIA! We safe, we save!

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