Muhyiddin pledges RM100,000 to BN MPs as economy bites

The Malaysian Insider | July 28, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 — The government will approve an immediate RM100,000 grant for constituencies after Barisan Nasional (BN) lawmakers complained to ministers on Monday that the administration’s focus on big-ticket projects in the Klang Valley would not help the coalition in the next general election.

The Malaysian Insider understands that Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (picture) had promised the MPs the RM100,000 meant for constituency projects during his meeting with 100 BN federal lawmakers on Monday night.

The sum is expected to be dispersed in time for the Hari Raya Puasa holiday.

Lawmakers had told Muhyiddin and other ministers at the dinner meeting that the government must ensure more funds trickle down to their constituencies instead of concentrating on big-ticket projects like the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) construction in Kuala Lumpur if the ruling coalition wants to receive a strong mandate in the next general election.

According to some of the MPs present at the dinner, many of their colleagues had questioned the value of the MRT project to BN’s campaign for the next general election.

They pointed out that Kuala Lumpur was an opposition hotbed, but would be receiving the bulk of the government’s development expenditure announced in recent years.

Many of the MPs argued for a more even distribution of public funds, especially to their constituencies.

The arguments appear to be a reflection of a tougher economic environment and part of concerns that by concentrating its funds on Kuala Lumpur the BN coalition could end up alienating its own voters.

As a reflection of concerns over the economy, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced yesterday his seventh National Key Results Area (NKRA) to curb the rising cost of living.

Food and fuel prices have risen steadily since Najib took office in 2009 and the complains from BN MPs reflect concerns that the economy is set to be a major issue in elections.

It is understood that some BN leaders present at the Monday meeting had requested an extra RM1 million in allocation of funds on top of the estimated RM1 million usually allocated annually and signed by the district officer of a particular constituency.

“There was a general feeling that it (MRT project) is costly, and that the money could be used for the time being for constituencies for smaller projects. One MP needs millions to do a project in his or her constituency,” a BN source told The Malaysian Insider.

There is controversy over the estimated cost of the MRT project, which some reports have pegged to be as high as RM50 billion, although the authorities have said the cost cannot be finalised until the MRT alignment is confirmed.

Speculation is rife that Najib may call snap elections as soon as November or early next year because of an uncertain global economic outlook.

  1. #1 by monsterball on Thursday, 28 July 2011 - 1:53 pm

    Bribing and on going with their usual…twisted reasons.
    No money….voters will abandon Najib’s government.

  2. #2 by monsterball on Thursday, 28 July 2011 - 1:58 pm

    And it has to be ….ALWAYS to Muslims.
    Has anyone hear UMNO B crooks give generously to Deepavali to Indians or Chinese New Year to Chinese?
    But crooks can never be generous to all Muslims…and so..take the money and vote for you did before…for a united Malaysian Malaysia.

  3. #3 by boh-liao on Thursday, 28 July 2011 - 2:57 pm

    Got cow sense 1 n leadership, Moo paving his path 2 bcome PeeM, eventually n at last

  4. #4 by yhsiew on Thursday, 28 July 2011 - 3:33 pm

    Having pampered voters with so much money in past elections and by-elections, now voters turn their back on Najib saying, “No money, no talk!”

  5. #5 by k1980 on Thursday, 28 July 2011 - 3:45 pm

    //The government will approve an immediate RM100,000 grant for constituencies //

    You can bet your smelly a#se that the grant is only for bn-held constituencies. Anyway what can RM100,000 buy nowadays for an entire constituency of more than 20,000 people when the cost of a decent house alone is RM300,000 and above.

  6. #6 by -e- on Thursday, 28 July 2011 - 4:13 pm

    //The sum is expected to be dispersed in time for the Hari Raya Puasa holiday.//

    that sounds like a festival bonus…

    money now, performance later.

  7. #7 by all4democracy on Thursday, 28 July 2011 - 6:06 pm

    Wow, so easily can get another RM100,000 for their constituency, I am very sure it will be finished before the Hari Raya. So easy for those BN MPs, once allocation for them is insufficeint then simply ask for more, do they know how to control their spending? This has nothing to do with big-ticket projects in Klang Valley, they have their allocation for their respective constituency every year, why the sudden request for more? It is not that their allocation has been cut back for these projects in the first place, its two seperate issue altogether! With these kind of never enough and no limit spending mentality, we don’t need to wait until 2019 to be a bancrupt nation, another financial crisis before 2019 will definitely ensure our bancruptcy!

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