Putrajaya says RM1.18b worth of projects announced for Sarawak polls

By Clara Chooi
The Malaysian Insider
Jun 21, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, June 21 — Putrajaya revealed today that it had announced projects worth a total of RM1.18 billion in Sarawak during the just-concluded state polls.

In a written response to Teresa Kok (DAP-Seputeh) yesterday, the Prime Minister’s Department explained that until April 30 this year, a total of 62 programmes and projects were announced for the hornbill state.

Of the total, it added, 52 projects were kicked off this year with the remainder to be carried out in the years to come.

“The programme/projects announced were planned earlier,” it said.

The RM1.18 billion was divided between 10 ministries, namely the Prime Minister’s Department; Rural and Regional Development Ministry; Natural Resources and Environment Ministry; Defence Ministry; Health Ministry; Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Ministry; Education Ministry; Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry; Works Ministry; and Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry.

The projects include upgrading work for suraus, mosques and other places of worship; community halls, schools and roads; longhouse repairs; electricity supply; the construction of jetties and bridges; the renovation of hospitals and clinics; flood mitigation work; and contributions and welfare aid, among others.

In her question, Kok had asked the prime minister to reveal the number and value of development projects announced by all ministries in the two-month period before the polls and during the 10-day campaign period.

The Sarawak state elections, which were held on April 16, saw the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) pact cruise to a resounding victory when it garnered 55 of the 71 state seats up for grabs.

But Pakatan Rakyat (PR) still made inroads with its 15-seat victory in a state long considered a BN fortress.

The federal opposition has also accused BN of securing its win through vote rigging and by using its massive resources from both the federal and state cabinets to buy support.

  1. #1 by dagen on Wednesday, 22 June 2011 - 9:16 am

    62 projects worth (wot?) 1.18billion announced for sarawak? And (wot?) 52 of the 62 projects have been kicked off this year and the rest will be implemented in the years to come? Going by umno’s standard procedure in marking up project costs by 20 times (now latest with yen2 by some 50 times) the actual value of development sarawakians would get to enjoy is really (1.18/20 =) 59million only. Fantastic. You sarawakians get 59 million worth of development for supporting umno and bn. And umnoputras will get take back 1.121billion of the promised money.


  2. #2 by Winston on Wednesday, 22 June 2011 - 10:39 am

    This is supposed to be carried out over the years.
    So, in order to get the projects implemented over these years, the Sarawakians must keep voting for them!
    Very Smart plan for keeping them in power!!

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