Wednesday, July 9, 2008


RM1 billion for infrastructure projects in Sabah


The additional of RM1 billion funds for Sabah as announced by Prime Miniser Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is to finance primary infrastructure development projects in the State. Abdullah said this in a written reply to a question from DAP Member of Parliament for Kota Kinabalu, Dr Hiew King Cheu, in the current Parliament sitting. The Prime Minister said the projects are the construction of water treatment plants in Keningau, Beaufort and Kundasang, roads and bridges as well as other development initiatives. The money would be handed over to the various relevant agencies entrusted with the task of implementing those projects, said Abdullah. Meanwhile, several Members of Parliament yesterday expressed dissatisfaction over the explanation given by Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcob when winding up the debate on the Mid-Term Review of the 9th Malaysia Plan (9MP) on behalf of his Ministry. As such, they sought the permission of Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia to recall Nor Mohamed, who concluded his winding up before the noon break, to clarify on all issues that had been raised. Among the MPs who were dissatisfied were Azmin Au (PKR-Gombak), Datuk Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi (BN Bat Pahat), Wee Choo Keong (PKR-Wangsa Maju) and Salahuddin Ayub (PAS-Kubang Kerian). “The Finance Minister had earlier said that he was prepared to continue with his explanation on condition that the Speaker is prepared to give him more time to debate with the MPs. “We call on the Finance Ministry to explain the major issues because I feel it is a very important Ministry, and thus, a written explanation is different from the debate held in the House,” Azmin said.

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