Racist sentiment worsens power abuse, says DAP
21 Nov 2021
By Nur Syafiqah Abdullah
SANDAKAN: Using racist or extremist sentiments to justify the distribution of government allocations will not only be divisive but also lead to cronyism, corruption, and abuse of power on the use of government funds and resources.
This was expressed by DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng who mentioned that government allocations should be based on needs so that they can be provided for both socio-economic justice and effective outcomes as well as unite the people.
He said using racist or extremist sentiments in the Budget allocations have not helped Sabah which remains the poorest state in Malaysia only instead have only worsened abuse of power.
He said this while referring to former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who has criminal charges was granted a RM100-million property by the federal government.
“In Sabah, there are the RM9.4 billion Trans Sabah Gas Pipeline (TSGP) and Multi-Product Pipeline (MPP) projects, where 88 per cent or RM8.3 billion of the construction value was paid even though only 13 per cent of unaudited work was done.
“Imagine if these huge sums of monies could be utilised for the people of Malaysia and Sabah,” he said during his opening speech at DAP Sabah State Ordinary Convention, here, today.
According to Guan Eng, Pakatan Harapan (PH) had implemented a policy that any savings from projects would be returned to the Ministry or state concerned.
“PH’s efforts to reclaim the RM 8.8 billion paid for unaudited work done from the TSGP and MPP projects so that this huge sum of money can be returned to Sabah to implement infrastructure projects that are more beneficial and meaningful to Sabahans.
“These billions of ringgit claimed back can be better used to build more roads, fresh water supply, wider and faster internet coverage and connectivity and provision of electricity in Sabah.”
The MP for Bagan said while the 2022 Budget of RM322.5 billion is the largest in history, it is unsure how much the poor in Sabah, especially the bumis, will benefit as compared to the bumis in Peninsular Malaysia.
“Budget 2022 will allocate RM11.4 billion especially for bumiputera development but how much of that sum will be channeled back to Sabah?
“To date, the Federal government has refused to disclose these figures, particularly the income disparity between the bumis in Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia.”