Loke Receives, Declares, Returns Gift of Phone at Launch

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Transport Minister walks the talk of PH’s no-gift policy.

Anthony Loke illustrated the government’s no-gift policy today by publicly declaring an event organiser’s gift of a mobile phone presented to him, which he promptly returned.

Speaking at a press conference to announce the launch of the diffride e-hailing service, Loke said he was given a smartphone as a token of appreciation.

In full view of the attendees and the media, he then gave the device back to the organiser.

“I’m sure just now you guys have seen that we walk the talk, in the sense that, just now at the end of the ceremony, I was given a token of appreciation.

Ahmad Zamzahuri

“I just want to stress that we don’t need such appreciation in future,” Loke said.