Here's the thing -- the other day, Information, Communication and Culture Deputy Minister Joseph Salang Gandum seemed not to know much about the Universal Service Provision (USP), an issue raised by Wangsa Maju MP Wee Chee Keong .
The Malay Mail had the story on Oct 25.
In fact, Joseph said the fund had not yet been spent.
Which is interesting because yesterday (Thursday Oct 28), Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commision (MCMC) chairman Khalid Ramli was asked on the size of the USP fund and how much was left.
Listen to this: Khalid said the cumulative fund for the USP from 2006 was RM4 billion, based on an annual contribution of about RM800 million.
He added that most of the funds had been used for the construction of telecommunication towers and community communication centres, as well as for operational expenses.
According to Khalid, as of yesterday, there was about RM400 million left in the USP fund.
(The NST report HERE)
Now you do the math.
Money well spent?