Friday, May 30, 2008

Previous Perak Govt Asked To Explain How RM8 Million Spent In Less Than 3 Months

Perak wants the previous state government to explain how this year's RM8mil development fund had been spent in less than three months.

State senior executive council (exco) member Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham said the government was shocked at the way the fund, meant for small projects, had been spent.

"We discovered that the entire sum was spent before or during the March 8 general election," Ngeh said Friday at a press conference.

The fund, he said, was made up of an allocation of RM75,000 to each Barisan state assemblyman and an additional of RM100,000 given to each state exco member.

"The total sum was RM8mil and it was spent in less than three months," he added.

"The people are suspicious that they were spent on election purposes. We are not accusing them yet but we want them to clarify," Ngeh said.

"I want (former Perak mentri besar Datuk Seri Mohamad) Tajol Rosli (Ghazali) and other former exco members, who are now assemblymen, to clarify the matter in order to be fair to the people," he said.

Urging the previous state government to itemise the expenditure and name the amount spent, Ngeh said:

"This is a clear case of bad management. The allocation is intended for the whole year but it was spent within less than three months. Has it been spent for political purposes?"

The previous government should immediately write to the state or announce the matter in the media so that the people can verify the expenditure, he said.

State Education, Local Government Housing and Public Transport Committee chairman Nga Kor Ming, who was also present at the media briefing said:

"This is extraordinary and we are suspicious. The people have the right to know."

When asked if there were any statements or receipts in the Government's record on the spending of the RM8mil, Nga said:

"Let them show first. They've spent the money so they must show. That is not a logical question. Why ask us to show?"

Ngeh explained that the local people could cross-check the spending.

"For example, if an item was tagged at RM20,000 but it could be worth only RM3,000. The public could scrutinise," he added.

Exco member Zainuddin Mohd Yusof, who was also present, said the normal procedure in the disbursement of public expenditure should be apportioned according to the time of the year.

"It should be spread out over the year. You don't spend all in the first quarter of the year. This is very questionable," he added. (The Star)

***** The moment the buggers knew that they got KOed in the elections they must have pocketed every sen that they could get their hands on. Greedy bastards.

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Anonymous daniel said...

As much as we really like the whole deal that Pakatan government is uncovering the truths about the weaknesses and faults of the previous state government. That does not also constitute much to just complaining and digging skeletons. Please make sure that you can totally eliminate this problem and ensure it doesnt happen to the NEW government too. I'm hearing one too many tattle tale stories already, and it is about time they start doing something to get things sorted out too in reality.

6:01 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous novice101 said...

The PR-controlled state governments ask for explanations, the previous BN state governments give some cooked-up explanations, the public espresses dismay and anger, after that what else happens?

No one is brought to book for the misdemeanours, the most one gets out of this may be just an advice from a caring sultan for the new administrations to be prudent.

How frustrating.

9:51 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Purple Haze said...

As long as the previous assemblymen can show transparency and account for the spending on a reasonable basis, this matter should be put to rest.

However, if the money cannot be accounted for OR spent on items at inflated prices, the assemblymen should repay the state govt for the excesses or unaccounted funds by 30 June 2008. It is the taxpayers money, after all !!!

10:22 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous SM said...

Yes, the new Govt. will unearth the "corruoted" practices of the previous BN State Govt. The previous BN State Govt. will say "we have followed the correct procedures" (meaning that they have pocketed their share of loot & screwed the Rakyat big time).
The ACA & Police will just ignore it all & the Rakyat will rant & rave.
Despite the frustrations of the Rakyat, I suppose this has to be done because a few years down the road, it may come out & then the PR Govt. may get "accused" of wrong doing.
However, the PR State Govts. have to really get cracking at Administrating well.
DAniel, I guess the so called Tattle tale stories are really coming out from the BN! They know we know how corrupted they are but now, for once, proof is also coming out & not being covered up!

8:53 AM GMT+8  
Blogger DIASPORA said...

No explanation, however neatly given, will absolve the fact that the erstwhile MPs, ADUNs, V.K LINGAM and his "crowd" in the Juduiciary; the little Napoleons and Josephines in the Local Authorities and Civil service have all this while been having a great time with the 'Allowances" meant for public good but also looting the ciontry left right and centre without any moral compunction but going to the Mosques, Temples and Churches to prove their holistic 'false' image.

There is a belief in certain sections of the community in "KARMA' It is said that it works both ways. The 'return' is swifter and more violent.

If there is a Divine being, then yhese crooks who profess to be the People's Leaders will feel the full wrath Now or in the Hereafter. Some say that KARMA also affects the family members. If that be so, then JUSTICE would have prevailed.

This country has been suckered and looted all this while for over 50 years. Let us pray that the same thing will NOT happen with any incomming Government; Legislature; Judiciary, Police Force, RELA or the Local Authorities.

Please tell us. How can we convince MAN that he or she MUST pay in full measure for his or her evil act or acts now or hereafter?

2:41 PM GMT+8  

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