The government spent a total of RM17 million was spent on official visits overseas by the prime minister and his spouse between 2008 and mid-2011.
In a Parliamentary written reply to Batu MP Tian Chua, a total of RM8 million was spent on official visits overseas by the deputy prime minister and his spouse during the same period.
Based on the breakdown of the figures, the cost of the prime minister and his spouse's visit overseas has been growing from RM1.74 million in 2008 to RM5.4 million in 2010.
For the first half of 2011, the prime minister and spouse's oversea trips expenditure had already exceeded that of 2010.
In contrast, the cost for the deputy premier and his spouse's visit overseas has been decreasing from RM2.75 million in 2008 to RM1.39 million in 2010.
For the first half of 2011, the deputy premier and his spouse's oversea trip costs had already doubled that of 2010.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was prime minister throughout 2008 while Najib Abdul Razak was his deputy. Najib took over from Abdullah in April 9, 2009.