Duties of the special envoy to India and South Asia Datuk Seri Samy Vellu do not duplicate that of government officials as his job is to focus only on infrastructure.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said Samy’s task was to increase involvement of Malaysian companies in infrastructure development in India and South Asia.
“South Asian countries especially India are experiencing rapid growth. As such, there is a need for quality infrastructure to support economic development,” he said in reply to a question from Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut).
Lim wanted to know the rationale for creating the post of special envoy with salary and allowance and complete with an office and staff.
Nazri said the special envoy’s job was to identify South Asia infrastructure projects suitable for Malaysian companies.
The special envoy’s role was to create business opportunities for Malaysian companies in accordance with local laws and regulations.
He said the special envoy is paid salary and allowance of RM27,227.20 plus facilities and other allowances.