Special status given to Budget Day bag
EVERY year, the Finance Minister leaves for Parliament on Budget Day carrying a bag full of his speech papers.
While all attention is on what goodies the bag may hold for the nation, the Finance Minister wants the bag itself to be accorded a special status.
According to a government official, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi hoped that the bag would become one of the many traditions associated with the annual Budget Day.
First of all, it has to be Malaysian made, insisted Abdullah, so the ministry settled on a brand new black leather briefcase with a gold-plated lock from Bonia.
After the Budget speech is delivered, the briefcase will be returned to a vault at the ministry for safekeeping, until next year?s Budget Day.
In keeping with tradition, the minister's wife will provide food for the staff on the eve of the Budget.
The official said Datin Seri Endon Mahmood, who was still in the United States for treatment, had confectionary such as biscuits and chocolates flown here, packed together with briyani gam that was distributed to the staff.