Over 3,700 Malaysia civil servants involved in hunt for MH370, MH17

Over 3,700 Malaysia civil servants involved in hunt for MH370, MH17
A teddy bear is placed next to wreckage at the site of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

The Government has so far allocated RM33.46 million (S$13 million) for the search and rescue operations for Malaysia Airlines flights MH370 and MH17.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said 3,732 public servants were involved in both operations.

"The search and recovery operation costs have been borne by the countries involved," he said in his written reply to Ng Wei Aik (DAP-Tanjong) at the Dewan Rakyat sitting.

Flight MH370, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, went missing while en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur on March 8, while MH17, carrying 298 passengers and crew, is believed to have been shot down over eastern Ukraine while on its way to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam on July 17.

Meanwhile, businesses earning an annual turnover of below RM500,000 need to be informed that it is not necessary for them to register for the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

The Finance Ministry has ordered Customs officers to inform these business operators even if they want to voluntarily register.

"The ministry views seriously any manner to force such businesses to register for the GST.

"If you know any businesses which have been forced to register, please inform the Customs Department," Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Chua Tee Yong told Rafizi Ramli (PKR-Pandan) during question time.

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