Jet Purchase By PMB Still At Negotiation Stage
As such, information as to how much profits PMB will make when the jet is bought could not be made available now, he said.
The Prime Minister said this in his written reply to a question by Salahuddin Ayub (Pas-Kubang Kerian) at the Dewan Rakyat sitting today.
Salahuddin had asked the Prime Minister to state PMB's projected profits as a result of the jet purchase.
Salahuddin, who is also Pas youth chief, had also wanted to know who would be given the responsibility to manage and maintain the aircraft and what were the terms of agreement between PMB and the company to be awarded the contract (manage and maintain the jet).
To this, the Prime Minister answered that PMB would be given the responsibility.
"The terms for this is also at the negotiation stage," said Abdullah.
In January, Abdullah denied that the government had bought an executive jet saying that it would only be leasing one from PMB for official government use, including for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
He said leasing it from PMB was more cost effective than an outright purchase.
The Prime Minister was clarifying reports carried by some news agencies and certain Internet websites that alleged that the government had bought an ACJ 319 corporate jet based on the A320 model built by Airbus, costing between US$55 and US$60 million (approximately RM200 million).