Sarawak BN think that they can still get away with cliche answers to queries about government expenses during state elections and Taib’s conspicuous but inexplicable wealth. Up to now the government has been saying that the government can continue to `serve’ the people during elections campaign by making allocations and announcing new projects. But election observers have already dug out information that the Chief Minister’s department sign cheques after the dissolution of the State Assembly to be given to JKKK of long houses-but divided among the voters at RM500.00 per house/`pintu’. In 1 case in Rh Unban in Selangau, Tamin, the tuai rumah oversee the dividing of the spoils in the ruai of his long house! In Rh Kuching in Tamin the Tuai Rumah admit that he accept Rm10 000.00 in cheque from an assistant of the candidate there by the name Gaggang on April 13th. Again the voters there get RM50.00 each on top of the cheques. If the candidate admitted to giving the money as `transport subsidies’ or even `consolation’ payment, is this declared in the Chief Ministers Department’s financial account-and how much was involved? Is this expenses listed in the candidate’s financial account to the Election Commission? If the money involved ie RM500/house and Rm50/voter is accounted for the amount will be astounding!Since Mr Joseph Mauh claimed he has evidence that all candidates are involved he should be asked to provide the evidence!
Then the wealth of the CM has last been explained by Karim Hamzah, the CM’s assistant, that a leader with Taib’s long tenure deserves to accumulate wealth like Taib is doing. How about if the wealth was obtained by corrupt means eg giving government contracts from Federal and State Governments to companies run by his relatives and himself?
The people are awaiting the answers-the real answers. The State Government might have couched the BN backbenchers to cheer for the government’s answers but the poor answers will still land the government in poor light in the court of public opinions! It had been not easy for the Taib government to answer too many questions even before this -with 15 opposition Assemblymen this time they may find it even more tough going , when previously only Tain and 1-2 more Assemblymen who can open their mouth in face of Opposition queries!
Opposition’s two motions to be heard in chamber
Posted on June 18, 2011, Saturday
KUCHING: Two motions from the opposition will be presented during the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting from June 20 to 29.
Speaker Dato Sri Mohd Awang Nassar said the motions under Standing Order 23, were related to the usage of money in the just-concluded state election (Motion dated May 30) and Malaysian Anti Corruption Agency (MACC) investigation on the Office of the Chief Minister (Motion dated June 13).
The motions would be tabled by State DAP chairman, Wong Ho Leng.
“The august house acknowledges that the two motions will be debated in the chamber and he (Ho Leng) has 10 days to comply with the matter,” Asfia said.
To a question, Asfia said that the house might consider the motion to be heard but whether they would be debated was up to the prerogative of the house and the Speaker.
Asfia said the house had yet to receive any motion from the Barisan Nasional (BN) backbenchers.
On a related issue, a total of 101 questions are directed at the Chief Minister’s Office, making it the highest number of questionnaires to be asked in this sitting.
In total, there would be 355 questionnaires, 307 jotted replies and 48 written replies, Asfia said, adding that 10 questionnaires had been rejected or considered “out of order”.
On the number of opposition members in the 71-member august house, Asfia said they only numbered 15.
“The largest number (of opposition members) was in 1987 with 20 out of 48.”
His advice to all assemblymen: Adhere to the standing orders and there is no reason to be rowdy during the sitting.