corruption, Current Affairs, National

PN is undoing all the reforms PH fought so hard for!

Press Statement
30th November 2020

In the 2021 Budget, Muhyiddin has manifested a return of Najib’s style of management epitomised as “Cash is King” and “Concentration of power in Prime Minister”.

Comparing the 2021 Budget with the 2020 Budget, there is a sharp increase in the Development Expenditure (D.E.) for the Prime Minister’s Department (PMD).

In the 2020 Budget tabled by the Pakatan Harapan Government, the D.E. for PMD was only RM2.93 billion. But in the 2021 Budget, the D.E. for PMD is increased to RM7.22 billion.

In the D.E. allocation for PMD, there exists a few items which we can call a “slush fund” where there is no specific purpose stated for the allocation, and the usage of such a fund is up to the whims and fancies of the Prime Minister alone. These so-called “slush fund’ items are RM520 million (Program Pembangunan), RM813 million (Projek Public Private Partnership), RM1,000 million (Projek Khas), and RM330 million (Projek Mesra Rakyat).

It seems that the reforms implemented by Pakatan Harapan in its 22-months of government, ie. the dilution of the Prime Minister’s power, is now being reversed by the current Perikatan Nasional Government, and the old way of “Cash is King” and the “All-powerful Prime Minister” administration is passed from Najib to Muhyiddin.

What saddens me is that despite the increase of 147% in the PMD’s D.E. allocation for 2021, the “Poverty Project Semenanjung/ Sabah/ Sarawak” (Butiran 00102 under the PMD) has been reduced by 30% from RM90 million in Budget 2020 to RM63 million in Budget 2021.

Chong Chieng Jen
DAP Sarawak Chairman
MP for Stampin

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *