SHAH ALAM: In the article on the unapproved 2023 budget put forward by the previous government, Malaysian Defence wrote that the RM25.3 million was allocated in the Defence Ministry funds for organising Lima 2023, scheduled for this May 23 to 27. As the Transport Ministry is jointly organising the show at Langkawi island, it is also getting a one-off budget of RM5.5 million for the event.
For the new 2023 budget proposed by the new government on February 24, the same amount of money was allocated for Lima 2023, RM25.3 for defence and RM5.5 million for transport. It must be noted that the-then Defence Minister Mohammad Sabu had stated in April 2019 that the cost for Lima 2019 was RM15 million, some 25 per cent less than what was spend in 2017 (RM20 million).
As the government has never detailed the spending expenditure for organising the LIMA series, I am unable to say exactly what the allocation had been spent on in the past nor for the latest one.
That said it is likely to pay for fuel, transport, accommodation, and other expenses of government personnel assigned to the air and maritime show – directly for the event or training days leading to the actual show itself.
It is also likely that we pay for the expenses of foreign militaries as well their VIPs invited to the event. Some of course – due to their respective national policies – will pay for their own transport, fuel, accommodation, and other expenses to participate or just for attending the show.
Only private visitors and companies – local or foreign – pay to visit or take part in the show. And of course, the public.
— Malaysian Defence