This money enabled the president to allocate funds to schools, NGOs and temples as he visited the various constituencies in the country. Ka Ting began the practice because he did not have any ministerial post, and therefore did not have direct access to the resources of the government. However, when Ong Tee Keat was the president, he continued the arrangement despite the fact that he was a minister. Since I was not a minister when I served as president, I must admit that this RM5 million came in handy. It sounds like a large amount. However, since I travelled throughout the country frequently and attended many functions, I had to use the amount prudently. If not, I would run short of funds in the third or fourth quarter of the year.
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