She said since Todt, who was appointed last month, was serving and promoting the country on a voluntary basis, it was only fair that the government covered his expenses.Lulu not sour grapes-ing over Todt's generous "budget" cos some day, Lulu will be world famous [in a positive way, of course].
"Just because he is volunteering his services, you cannot expect him to pay out of his own pocket.
"This budget is not for his personal use, it is for the expenses incurred when he meets top people from television and the media.
"Besides, RM1 million in Europe gets you nothing nowadays," she said at the Parliament lobby.
But Lulu can't really see Todt's love for Malaysia as an attraction for foreigners to come visit Malaysia. [Maybe Todt's love for Malaysian gal manifested in his having Michelle Yeoh draped over his arms will make some angmor think that all Malaysian gals look like that. but Lulu dont think that is the tourist that NYY is seeking to attract considering she didnt want to let in China maids] How many French men/women do you think will oo-wow-i-want-to-go-holiday-in-Malaysia after seeing Todt in a function?
and his "helped the ministry make influential contacts in Paris, including a top film producer, a magazine publisher and aides of French President Nicolas Sarkozy", how much do you think that would have actually cost him? If he is really-really famous and influential, Lulu would think that all he needs to do is pick up the phone. Why the need to set aside so much money for him?
by the way, Lulu is worried that because Todt is always with Michelle [like as if Lulu good friends with them like that, calling them Todt and Michelle], foreigners may get the wrong idea and think that we are a liberal country and its alright for two non-married individuals to *ahem-ahem* [lulu's blushing]. Lulu thinks Todt when on his roadshow should also tell the people that in Malaysia, if you not married, you should be sleeping in separate rooms, else you risk the religious departments or vigilantes knocking on your door demanding to see your marriage cert.