DAP: MP allocations better spent on scholarships

Humayun Kabir
Jul 3, 10

The DAP has slammed the additional project allocations to parliamentary constituencies totalling RM111 million, saying the money would be better spent on more scholarships to deserving students, our future assets.

Party supremo Lim Kit Siang lashed out at the BN government for squandering precious public funds for their personal political agenda instead of helping needy students.

He said more non-Malay students who deserve scholarships are not getting the opportunities, describing Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s 1Malaysia policy as hypocritical.

Lim praised party national vice chief M Kula Segaran – who is helping Indians secure Public Services Department (PSD) scholarships – for championing the rights of his community.

Economy flip-flop

Lim (below) also picked on the BN leadership’s flip flopping statements on the state of the national economy.

He referred to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz had claimed that the government lacked sufficient funds to increase PSD scholarships.

And then in the same breath Nazri announced that because the government has extra funds all BN parliamentarians would enjoy an increase project allocations from the annual RM1 million to RM1.5 million, said Lim.

Another contradiction, he said, was Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Idris Jala’s claim that the nation might become bankrupt by 2019 if the government continues with its subsidies policy.

Lim said this was in stark contrast to Mahathir’s vision of a developed Malaysia by 2020. Najib had also claimed this week that the target was achievable.

“On the one hand we have the possibility of the nation going bankrupt by 2019, and a year later (we achieve) developed status. Which is correct?,” asked Kit Siang.

Lim was speaking at the DAP Barat Tamil Dinner at Dewan Han Kang, SJKC Yuh Hua in Buntong, Ipoh on Friday night.

1,000 Buntong residents attended the function, where six top DAP leaders, including Penang chief minister and party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng spoke on the country’s current political situation.

East Malaysia ‘fleeced’

Kit Siang said that both Sabah and Sarawak are now more receptive to the political change that hit the peninsula on March 8, 2008.

Likewise, he called on the Indian community to also support Pakatan to take control of Putrajaya.

Guan Eng (right) touched on reducing the high level of corruption in the country, with measures such as open tenders and enforcing anti-corruption laws.

He said politicians should also lead by example by taking steps to cut costs and boost revenue.

“Many `frogs’ (party defectors) have mocked me for flying economy class in Air Asia, and said that I have no class. But at the end of the day I have cut costs and saved public funds by economising,” he added.

He said Sabah and Sarawak are both lands of plenty, but massive depletion of public funds through wastage and corruption has left the natives in poverty while the “two-legged crocodiles” continue to fleece the natural resources.

  1. #1 by limkamput on Saturday, 3 July 2010 - 10:03 pm

    Argentina and Germany just about to begin their game and they say – SAY NO TO RACISM. What do we say here?

  2. #2 by yhsiew on Saturday, 3 July 2010 - 11:16 pm

    “Many `frogs’ (party defectors) have mocked me for flying economy class in Air Asia, and said that I have no class. But at the end of the day I have cut costs and saved public funds by economising,” he added.

    Malaysia needs people like Lim Guan Eng, who knows how to cut cost and save public funds by economizing, to helm the country.

    Thank goodness, the defectors, who do not know how to cut cost and save public funds, are no longer with DAP!

  3. #3 by kpt99 on Saturday, 3 July 2010 - 11:20 pm

    There are too many contradictions, Malaysia goes bankrupt in 2019 by Idris Jala and turns high income country in 2020 just a year later.Wonder how Najib Adminstration can perform miracles.

  4. #4 by waterfrontcoolie on Sunday, 4 July 2010 - 12:30 am

    “Words, words … all I have to CHEAT your heart away”…… that would be the song by BN.

  5. #5 by BoycottLocalPapers on Sunday, 4 July 2010 - 1:16 am

    Nazri: Putrajaya has no funds for bright students (MI) http://bit.ly/acflP1 But there is money for RM800 million new Parliament

    There is no funds for bright fellow bright Malaysian students but there is enough funds to sponsor Palestinians to study for bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees, and doctorate.

    Nik Aziz said: Palestine people still required assistance under the programme, which involved costs exceeding over RM700,000, and added that for this year alone, the fund targeted RM800,000 to sponsor another 30 students.


    Questions to UMNO regime and Pakatan Rakyat leaders:

    (1) If our country Malaysia have no funds for our own bright Malaysian students, then why are we wasting our limited funds on [deleted] Palestinians that will not contribute anything to our economy?

    (2) Why Pakatan Rakyat is setting up Palestine People’s Education Aid Fund programme instead of Penan People’s Education Aid Fund programme?

    (3) What make the Palestinian more special than our fellow Malaysian?

    (4) There are many bright Kelantanese students of Chinese and Indian descents who are working in Singapore as machine operator in factories or waiter in hotel because they do not have money to study in college. Why can’t these poor Chinese and Indian students receive that money given to the Palestinians? What make the Palestinians more special than our fellow Malaysians of Chinese and Indian descent?

    (5) If we do not have enough fund for our bright students, then why waste money on that floatilla? Why can’t our bright students receive that money used for that floatilla?

    (6) Who is more important to Pakatan Rakyat – Palestinian or Penan?

    I hope DAP or any Pakatan Rakyat leaders can answer my questions. I have given up hope on UMNO & BN regime. So don’t make me giving up hope on DAP & Pakatan Rakyat as well.

  6. #6 by joehancl on Sunday, 4 July 2010 - 6:40 am

    So people, if you dont’t like what’s happening, then get interested. Read what each and every politician do or say from ALL sources. When GE comes around do the right thing with your GOD given conscience.

  7. #7 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 4 July 2010 - 9:26 am

    If you recall, the first time this was done was during Badawi time leading the 3/08. All this just point to Najib sense he is being moved out of power and feeling desperate.

    Its clear that UMNO/BN machinery is just not working like it use to. Its why he had to resort to ‘buy-election’. Najib knows he has to buy-GE-13 and will need a lot of money. Why would you be giving money that likely be wasted away long before an election when you know you will end up having to blow a huge amount when election comes around? – Because if he does not, he may not even lead the way for GE 13.

  8. #8 by PoliticoKat on Sunday, 4 July 2010 - 11:48 am

    People, people Malaysia has a lot of money.

    Today while visiting Washington DC, I saw Tourism Malaysian holding a dance performance as part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. (I recognised the music tape, dance number and costume. I have seen the exact same dance and music before in events held by Tourism Malaysia)

    So we have cash a plenty. Bankruptcy by 2019 is just rubbish! Malaysia has so much cash, we can spare cash entertaining people of other nations with life performances.

    So what is a few million helping Palestinians and Nigerians. Don’t be so kedekut, Malaysia banyak wang. (Sarcasm)

  9. #9 by frankyapp on Sunday, 4 July 2010 - 1:22 pm

    DAP or any Pakatan Rakyat leaders can answer my questions. I have given up hope on UMNO & BN regime. So don’t make me giving up hope on DAP & Pakatan Rakyat as well.///Boycottlocalpapers

    I have said before however am saying it here again as you may have missed my comment.These two entities are evil,the only different between them is that PR is the lesser of the two evils. Hence the choice is still yours and it’s all up to us the malaysian voters to choose between the two. I think most people through out the world would however choose the less evil one,hopping it will improve when it’s given the power to rule.Again however please don’t have any high and pretty expectation from it,cause one would certainly be disappointed. Liken a chinese saying,evil goes,evil comes.

  10. #10 by HARGA diri on Monday, 5 July 2010 - 8:44 pm

    ” People, people Malaysia has a lot of money. ”

    Part of this money comes from wealthy people. Part of this money comes from poor people. We owe it to the poor people to make something good out of their money.
    Scholarships should be given to deserving students. Not to the ones who are in just for the fun of it. Students should know that even the poor people are helping them with their sweat and blood money in the form of scholarships and they should return their kindness by studying hard and becoming useful citizens of the country.

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