Anthony Loke declines gift from event organiser, stands by govt's 'No Gift' policy

ESTHER LANDAU and SITI NUR MAS ERAH AMRAN

KUALA LUMPUR: Transport Minister Anthony Loke rejected a token of appreciation presented to him by a local e-hailing service provider company at an event here today. Anthony said he has to abide by the government’s rule that no ministers or higher officers shall accept gifts presented by organisers at any event. He said it was one of the Pakatan Haparan (PH) promises and “he needed to walk the talk.” “We don’t need any gifts or token of appreciation. We walk the talk. “I had to reject the gift presented to me because it is worth more than RM500. “As the new government, we don’t need to be presented with any gifts or tokens. “We hope that organisers carrying out future events understand this rule,” said Anthony at the launching ceremony of Diffride, a new e-hailing service provider and a homegrown Malaysian brand at Bukit Bintang here today. It was understood that Anthony rejected a new mobile phone, Nova 3 series. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd