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Flier targets ‘spendthrift’ state govt

 | February 27, 2011

PAS has listed out several projects which the state government had undertaken, calling it a waste of funds.

MERLIMAU:  Just hours after the candidates for the Merlimau by-election filed their nomination papers, PAS went on the offensive.

The opposition party started to distribute fliers on the alleged wastage of funds by the Barisan Nasional (BN) state government under Menteri Besar Mohd Ali Rustam.

Topping the list was the monorail project which cost the state government a whopping RM16.5 million for a one-kilometre stretch.

Speaking to FMT, PAS candidate Yuhaizad Abdullah said: “I don’t see any significant benefit with regard to this project. It’s not to help the locals, but more for tourists.”

He also zeroed in on the Go-Kart race circuit which cost RM9.9 million, and a private company being given the contract to maintain and manage the race circuit.

“But the private company was unable to generate income and cannot afford to pay the rental to the Malacca Development Corporation. The outstanding amount is RM210, 000.

“The spending spree does not end there. Some RM500, 000 was spent on using flowers to create the image of a clock. This money should have been used to help the needy instead,” he added.

The state government also came under fire for erecting a windmill along the Malacca riverbank at a cost of RM1.47 million.

When it broke down the first time, RM191,000 was spent to repair it and another RM98,000 had to be forked out when it malfunctioned for the second time.

Meanwhile, Yuhaizad also revealed that RM5.12 million was spent on maintaining the 51 official cars in the Chief Minister’s Department between 2006 and 2009.

All the information contained on the flier was derived from the National Audit Report.


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