We didn’t keep RM5 mil, says Sarawak rep on rural programme fund

Sarawak Assistant Education and Technological Research Minister Dr Annuar Rapa’ee. (Facebook pic)

SIBU: State legislative assembly members have not kept RM5 million in cash allocated to them under the Rural Transformation Programme (RTP) as alleged by certain quarters, said Assistant Education and Technological Research Minister Dr Annuar Rapa’ee.

He said the allocation, first introduced during the era of the late chief minister Adenan Satem, came in the form of projects.

Annuar said the allocation was aimed at expediting the implementation of rural development projects required by the people, and not projects planned by the government.

He said the state government had entrusted the elected representatives to clarify on the RTP to prevent the people from being influenced by those out to confuse them.

“Certain quarters have been giving misleading information claiming that the elected representatives have been holding RTP funds amounting RM5 million in cash and channelling them to the service centres or into their personal accounts.

“Actually neither the assemblymen nor the recipients of the projects get to see the funds,” he told reporters at a Hari Raya event hosted by the Melanau Sibu Association (PMS) here yesterday.

Annuar, who is also the Nangka assemblyman, said the project financing implemented under the RTP would be channelled by the state financial secretary to the contractors once the project was completed and confirmed by the implementing agencies such as the local authorities, the Works Department (JKR) and Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID).

At the event, he announced an allocation of RM100,000 under the RTP for the construction of a PMS building and an allocation of RM20,000 for the association to carry out its community activities.