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Sarawak CM: RM5 million development fund for BN reps only

Free Malaysia Today logo Free Malaysia Today 20/3/2017 FMT Reporters

Abdullah-Saidol © Provided by MToday News Sdn Bhd Abdullah-Saidol PETALING JAYA: Chief political secretary to the Sarawak chief minister Abdullah Saidol says the RM5 million development fund for Rural Transformation Projects (RTP) is only available to Barisan Nasional (BN) representatives.

He said this on Saturday, after confusion arose following an announcement by Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg on March 12.

Abang Johari had said that the RM5 million was provided by the state government directly, as a development fund to each state constituency under BN, The Borneo Post reported.

“RM5 million is allocated to each YB to carry out projects in the villages,” he was quoted as saying.

Following the announcement, though, Bukit Assek assemblywoman Irene Chang said Abang Johari’s statement appeared to mean that all elected representatives, including those from the opposition, would be given the allocation.

The Sibu DAP vice-chairperson added that it was only fair that such funds be available to all people, regardless of political leanings and beliefs, The Borneo Post said.

Speaking at an event at the Borneo Convention Centre on Saturday, though, Abdullah told the paper that the RTP along with other allocations such as Projek Mesra Rakyat and the Minor Rural Programme fund were only available to BN reps.

“However, all these allocations are unavailable for non-BN representatives. You have to ask Abang Jo himself on why this is the case,” he was reported as saying.

Abdullah also put to rest rumours that the RM5 million would be channelled directly to state assemblymen.

According to the Sarawak-based daily, he said that the funds would be distributed through monitoring agencies and implemented by technical agencies like the public works department and the irrigation and drainage department.

“If you do the math, there are a total of 72 Aduns in Sarawak and with RM5 million allocation for each, it will total up to RM375 million.

“The balance will be then be placed under Abang Jo. He has the duty of going around the state to visit from one place to another,” Abdullah was quoted as saying.

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