No money for bridge projects? Sarawakians not stupid, Nancy tells Putrajaya

Batang Sadong MP Nancy Shukri.

KUALA LUMPUR: A Sarawak MP today said Sarawakians are not stupid and will not accept that the federal government stopped three major bridge projects because of financial constraints.

Batang Sadong MP Nancy Shukri said a few MPs in Sarawak had often raised the issue on the state’s development projects at the Dewan Rakyat, particularly on the construction of the Igan, Rambungan and Batang Lupar bridges, but the same excuse was given time and again.

“The federal government or any other ruling party should provide such basic infrastructure for the benefit of Sarawakians. It can’t always be that there is no money.

“This issue was brought up at the Dewan Rakyat a few times, but the minister kept saying we have to wait a bit longer.

“We are not stupid — they keep saying there’s no money but they have a lot of money.

“If you are a leader, be a leader for all the people.

“During the general elections, they (both parties) can quarrel and fight to win, but after the polls, dont exact revenge” she told FMT.

Earlier, Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg had also criticised Putrajaya and called its leaders “buruk siku” (to take back what was previously taken) after a few bridge projects and other projects were withdrawn.

According to Abang Johari, the federal government’s decision to withdraw the projects after the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration had approved the projects was ironic as they could afford to proceed with a flying car project.

Nancy said apart from the three bridge projects withdrawn, other smaller projects worth RM20,000 to RM30,000 were cancelled as well.