Why give funds for cable car but cancel Sarawak bridges, asks Fadillah

Former works minister Fadillah Yusof. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: A Sarawakian MP today questioned the inconsistency in government policies and their implementation after the construction of three bridges in Sarawak was cancelled.

Fadillah Yusof (GPS-Petra Jaya) said that Works Minister Baru Bian had on Oct 14 said Putrajaya had cancelled the project to build three bridges in Batang Lupar, Igan and Rambungan as they fell under the state’s purview.

The projects were awarded by the previous government.

Baru said these three bridges were located on state roads and therefore did not come under the federal government’s jurisdiction.

Fadillah, who is also the former works minister, said under the 2020 Budget, the finance minister had set aside RM100 million for a cable car project in Bukit Bendera, Penang.

The project, he said, should fall under the Penang government’s purview.

“Why was the bridge projects in Sarawak cancelled, yet other states, especially Penang, were awarded allocations for projects which fall under the state government?

“Is this because the finance minister was the chief minister there previously?” he asked, when debating the national budget, referring to Lim Guan Eng, who was the Penang chief minister from 2008 to 2013.

“There are a lot of inconsistencies between what the minister says and what is implemented.”

Fadillah also questioned the budget’s shared prosperity theme, noting that the government had announced a plan to take over four highways in the Klang Valley, which he said would involve “billions of ringgit” and which could see an 18% discount on toll rates.

Sabah and Sarawak, he said, will not stand to benefit from this.

“Why do they need to bear the burden of paying the compensation for a few who will benefit from such a plan?”

Fadillah said if one were to talk about shared prosperity, there was a need to balance it out as compensation paid would mean less allocation for development in East Malaysia and states like Kelantan, which is in dire need of development funds.