Thursday, 25 October 2012

Mohd Zin: S’gor roads poor due to reluctance to use allocation

SHAH ALAM: The condition of roads in Selangor are poor because the state government failed to spend almost half of the allocation given by the federal government to upgrade roads, said state Barisan Nasional coordinator Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Mohamed.

Citing the Auditor-General’s re­­port, Mohd Zin said the condition of state roads were uneven and full of potholes as only 58.1% of the federal allocation had been spent last year.

“According to the A-G’s report, the federal government allocated RM375.9mil to the state government for the purpose of maintaining 16,013km of state roads.

“However, the state government only spent RM218.15mil,” he said yesterday.

Mohd Zin said the rest of the money were kept by the state, which resulted in a rise in its accounts.

“The increase in cash reserves is not because the Mentri Besar is good at managing finances but because he does not spend the money in the interest of the public,” he said.

He added that about 30% of calls to Selangor Barisan Nasional’s public complaints hotline (Pakar) involved issues related to services and maintenance.

Mohd Zin also hit out at the state government over its handling of the Selangor Children Heritage Fund (Tawas), as a large sum was used to manage the fund rather than beneficiaries.

Under the scheme, RM100 in the form of a fixed deposit certificate is given to every child born in Selangor. When a child reaches the age of 18, he has the opportunity to receive RM1, 500 from the investment ofthis fund.

Some RM8.5mil were allocated to the fund and another RM5mil to manage it. The A-G’s report noted that RM2.9mil was spent on Tawas and RM4.9mil on management.

“It means the Selangor Children Heritage Foundation (Yawas), which manages Tawas, spent 98% of the RM5mil allocation, but only 34.4% benefited. Where is the balance of RM5.5mil?” he asked.

Source : TheStar


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