Sarawak could have had more roads, schools, hospitals if not for Taib's corruption of missing’ RM11 billion from the state fund
Sarawak DAP is on a campaign to compel the government into revealing the
recipients of RM11 billion channeled out of the state budget over the
past eight years.
The ‘missing’ RM11 billion from the state coffers would have ensured
better roads, schools, more full scholarships, homes and hospitals for
Sarawakians if they had been better utilised.
Todate almost 50 percent of the RM23,281,380,913 state budget for over
eights years have disappeared. Last year alone RM1.8 billion was
channeled to a secretive trust known only as the “Approved Agencies
No one has any clue who these ‘approved’ agencies are but the opposition
have alleged that the companies are linked to Chief Minsiter Taib
Mahmud’s families and their business cronies.
According to Kota Sentosa assemblyman Chong Chien Jen, some RM1.8
billion of the Sarawak state budget was channeled to this fund last
“Sarawakians have lost RM10 billion to this Sarawak state budget ‘black
hole’ over the last seven years and another RM1.8 billion this year.
“Had this RM10 billion not gone into this ‘black hole’, the RM10 billion
can be used to upgrade Pan Borneo Highway to four-lane highway for the
whole of Sarawak.
“The monies could also have been used to provide 10,000 full overseas
medical scholarships or to build 100,000 of units medium-cost houses,
easing the financial burden of the people,” said Chong.
He said there would also have been enough money left to build “20
equivalents of Sarawak General Hospital or build 2,000 A-grade schools
in the state or to give cash RM3, 700 to every Sarawakian or pay the 20
years of salaries for all Sarawak State civil servants.”
And that, he added “did not include interest it generated.”
Yesterday Chong, who is Sarawak DAP secretary, said everytime the issue
was raised at the State Legislative Assembly sitting, the state
government made “sweeping statements” refusing to disclose who these
so-called recipient ‘agencies’ were.
“We have become very suspicious of the government’s attitude,” he said
when launching its campaign flyer which read “The Budget Black Hole:
Where Has Our RM11,000,000,000 Gone?”.
Chong said the trilingual leaflets, which will be distributed statewide,
aimed to push the authorities to disclose the identities of the
agencies which had received the RM11 billion from the trust fund since