Sunday, 24 February 2013

#Selangor not utilising road maintenance funds

Funds allocated to the Selangor Government for the maintenance of some 16,013km of roads in the state had not been utilised properly.

Citing the Auditor-General's report, Klang MCA Youth chief Datuk Ching Eu Boon said the Federal Government has been giving RM375.9mil annually for road maintenance but the state government failed to manage the money well.

He said the state government's failure to repair and ensure that the roads were in good condition had caused accidents, including fatalities in the Klang district.

“The Federal Government gives out the money through MARRIS (Malaysian Road Records Inventory System).

“At the end of 2011, the state had an extra RM162.46mil, which means it only spent slightly over RM200mil.At the end of 2012, there was a whopping RM319.85mil extra.

“This means that the state has about RM700mil including the sum disbursed this year by the Federal Government.

“Boasting that the state is rich is pointless when problems are not solved,” Ching said after announcing a Barisan Nasional state-level Chap Goh Meh celebration at I-City on Sunday.

He named Jalan Banting and Jalan Batu Unjur in Klang as two accident-prone roads. Ching said three deaths were recorded in Jalan Banting and one in Jalan Batu Unjur last year.

Ching also took a swipe at state exco Ronnie Liu, who is in charge of local councils, for not doing anything to resolve this issue.

“If he doesn't know how to perform his duties, he should learn from the previous state executive councillors,” he said, adding that apart from the Public Works Department, local councils were also responsible for repairing and upgrading roads.

Source : CLICK


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