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Thursday, April 20, 2017

PKR lawmaker calls BN 'sore loser' for scrapping local projects

A PKR lawmaker today accused the BN government of being a “sore loser” and incapable of governing all Malaysians.
Alor Setar MP Gooi Hsiao Leung said the latest move by the Local Government and Urban Well-being Ministry to cancel approval for local government projects in parliamentary constituencies where BN had lost was nothing new.
“These discriminatory practices by BN is nothing new. Their actions are clearly that of a sore loser and shows that BN finds itself incapable to govern for all Malaysians,” he told Malaysiakini.
Yesterday, it was reported that Penang and Selangor have received the letter dated March 17 detailing the ministry’s move.
Although he found it discriminatory, Penang executive councillor on local government Chow Kon Yeow said the state was not affected by the decision.
Meanwhile, Selangor exco Ean Yong Hian Wah said today that the state government has not received federal funds since 2008.
“Just recently, I had in the last Parliament session raised the issue of the unfair discriminatory practice highlighted by Kedah Menteri Besar Ahmad Bashah Hanapiah during the Chinese New Year celebrations,” Gooi recalled.
Bashah had previously said that opposition-held constituencies in Kedah will be deprived of federal development funds.
“I had proposed a private member's bill to regulate the use of constituency development funds in a more transparent and fair manner even though I knew my bill will not see the light of day so long as BN holds on to government,” Gooi said.
“It appears as if the BN-led federal government is becoming bolder by the day in discriminating and sidelining the opposition in scrapping the BP 1 projects."
BP 1 projects are infrastructure, public amenities, and socio-economic projects carried out to assist and support local councils to develop and improve the physical and socio-economic conditions of local communities within the respective local council districts in the country.
“Any disruption of the BP 1 projects already approved in the local councils affected will invariably affect the interests and well-being of not only opposition supporters but also BN supporters in parliamentary constituencies won by the opposition,” Gooi pointed out.

Condemning the latest move as “blatant and outright discrimination and abuse of power”, he urged minister Noh Omar to explain why his ministry had resorted to such actions.
He also urged Bashah to publicly disclose the details of how many public projects in Kedah will be affected by the ministry’s decision to cancel projects already approved in non-BN parliamentary constituencies.
“Will he, as Kedah MB, proceed with those affected projects or shelve them to the detriment of the local residents?” Gooi asked.- Mkini

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