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Malaysiakini’s top story today — http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/241800
Lim Guan Eng said he will provide Penang’s 10 opposition Aduns – all from Umno – with a development project allocation of RM40,000 per year from the state budget, reported Malaysiakini.
He said in his statement that this is being done as a “differentiation to BN’s practice of national confrontation and Pakatan Rakyat’s adoption of ‘national reconciliation’.”
For the record, the Pakatan-ruled Selangor provided their Aduns with an allocation of RM1 million each in 2011. Two years down the road the allocation might already be further increased in keeping with inflation.
It did not look like Meneteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim had similarly given RM1 million to the Aduns from BN though.
Hannah Yeoh was the first to grab …
… after complaining that satu juta mana cukup.
Selangor also provided hundreds of millions to its Aduns – essentially Pakatan – through the special Selangorku grant.
Hannah Yeoh was among the first to make a grab for the Selangorku allocations — read ‘Geran Selangorku RM300j: Siapa cepat dia dapat‘.
Khairy controlling a huge budget
Ministry of Youth’s RM2,242m budget in the last M’sia Plan (2001-2010)
Under the 10th Malaysia Plan, the sum would be even more
Under the 9th Malaysia Plan, the Youth and Sports Ministry was given a budget of RM2,242 million (that’s two thousand two hundred and forty-two million).
In comparison, under 9MP the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development was only given 552 million. (Source: The Economic Planning Unit (EPU) website @ http://www.epu.gov.my/epu-theme/rm9/english/allocation2.pdf)
The Minister of Youth and Sports is, as we’re all aware the high profile Khairy Jamaluddin, his publicity surfeit thanks to The J-Star which has been polishing KJ’s apple to a shiny burnish.
Recently on 3 Sept 2013 – a mere couple of months into his Ministerial job – it was reported that Yang Berhormat KJ had decreed “funds should not be allocated to sporting associations if there is ‘no accountability’.”
Heh, heh, heh. “Accountability” according to Khairy’s yardstick, nudge, nudge — this coming from the Umno candidate who was found guilty of money politics by his own party.
Again, repeat: YB Khairy has instructed that “funds should not be allocated to sporting associations …”.
The new Youth and Sports Minister has been real quick to take control of the purse strings, eh? Lu fikir-fikir sendiri lah.
Given KJ’s exposure as Youth and Sports Minister, and the youth and sports platform and machinery he has access to, the other three contenders for the Umno Youth post are going in as hugely handicapped underdogs.