On February 10, 2006 Kadir Sheikh Fadzir announced that Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) would have another TV channel by September that year. It would serve Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam, Petaling Jaya, Klang and Seremban before going nationwide (read here).
However, nothing happened. No extra channel, not extra announcement, even after Kadir resigned and Ahmad Shabery Chik took over the portfolio.
The Finance Ministry was said to have pumped in about RM80 million for the purpose, hoping RTM to be more competitive with the private TV operators.
Although the new digital channel was again mentioned during Shabery's era (and Pak Lah's), it fell short of expectation. Again, nothing happened and nobody knew where the money had gone to.
And under Datuk Rais Yatim, few of his officers told me the money was no more there. Where did it go? Back to Treasury or being siphoned to other Info Ministry's projects?
Who should answer this - Kadir, Shabery or Rais? (I dont think Rais knows about it...)