Monday, May 04, 2015
By: FERNANDO FONG
Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof has taken a swipe at the Opposition for neglecting the roads in Permatang Pauh, saying that federal funds meant to repair roads are not used for the said purpose.— TRP pic by Fernando Fong
PERMATANG PAUH, May 4, 2015:
Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said Permatang Pauh was worse off than the poor rural areas in Sarawak due to neglect by the Opposition.
“Permatang Pauh had been 17 years under the Opposition, and now the poor people here are worse off than people in Sarawak.
“Sarawak, in contrast, has been able to achieve much progress and it is now the third best state in terms of outside investments.”
He said Barisan Nasional (BN) was committed to serve the people and bring development and did not waste time politicking.
Unfortunately, there were those who were only interested to incite hatred against the federal government, he said.
“As a result, they are left behind such as what is happening in Permatang Pauh now,” he told residents in Permatang Nibong during a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme by the Works Ministry here today.
He said the federal government was committed to repair community facilities such as schools.
The state never really helped with the infrastructure here, which was why the federal government needed to step in, said Fadillah.
Fadillah, from Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), said the Works Ministry was committed to work closely with locals regarding local infrastructure should BN win the by-election, including road repairs and a RM400 million upgrading project for Seberang Jaya Hospital.
He took a swipe at the Opposition for neglecting the roads in Permatang Pauh, saying that federal funds meant to repair roads were not used for the said purpose.
“They also tend to push responsibility by saying that those are federal roads.”
His statement that Permatang Pauh was worse off than poor Sarawakians might not be agreed by locals.
It was reported last year that Sarawak had the largest number of poor people among all the states in Malaysia.
Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development Fatimah Abdullah was quoted in the media as saying that 26,335 people earned less than RM600 a month, while 31,441 earned RM920 or less and 9,633 earned RM1,500 or less in Sarawak.