Pen­guang: Don’t spec­u­late on funds given to each con­stituency

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MIRI: Marudi assem­bly­man Datu Dr Pen­guang Mang­gil yes­ter­day urged ne­ti­zens not to spec­u­late on the RM5 mil­lion al­lo­ca­tion given to ev­ery state con­stituency an­nu­ally as the money is used for de­vel­op­ment pur­poses.

“Of­ten, I see peo­ple ask­ing on the so­cial me­dia the where­about of the RM5 mil­lion fund. For their in­for­ma­tion, the al­lo­ca­tion is dis­trib­uted to vil­lages and long­houses for var­i­ous de­vel­op­ment projects, in­clud­ing road re­pairs.

“Th­ese projects are then car­ried out by ei­ther Pub­lic Works Depart­ment, Drainage and Ir­ri­ga­tion Depart­ment or the lo­cal coun­cils.

“We do not have ac­cess to the money. We only sug­gested the projects to be im­ple­mented us­ing this money,” he told a press con­fer­ence af­ter chair­ing a spe­cial meet­ing with Marudi com­mu­nity lead­ers at Miri City Coun­cil here.

He said some quar­ters made nasty com­ments on Face­book when they see many of the roads in Marudi in bad con­di­tion, in­clud­ing al­leg­ing that he had pock­et­ted some of the money.

“The Miri-Marudi road will be fully com­pleted by March 2019. It is ac­tu­ally ahead of sched­ule.

“Some stretches of the road are bad due to the rainy sea­son. Even af­ter we have laid the grav­els, the heavy rain will make it muddy and some of the grav­els will sink into the mud.”

Pen­guang also urged ne­ti­zens to be rea­son­able and not to in­sti­gate other peo­ple to hate the govern­ment when the govern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives were do­ing their best to help the peo­ple.

Still on the Miri-Marudi road project, Pen­guang said CMS Road Sdn Bhd only re­ceived the award let­ter for the project last month, but they have al­ready started the project long be­fore that.

“If we give it to other con­trac­tors, they will not want to start un­til they have re­ceived the award let­ter.

“But for CMS, it is their com­mit­ment to help the peo­ple, so they went ahead and did it even be­fore get­ting the award let­ter,” he said.

He thus ad­vised mem­bers of the pub­lic not to in­sti­gate oth­ers, and be rea­son­able.

JKR divi­sional en­gi­neer Chong Chi Fam and CMS Roads chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer ( CEO) Lim Jit Yaw were also present at the press con­fer­ence.

Datu Dr Pen­guang Mang­gil

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