Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Taib Mahmud's take on poverty 'shocking'

DAP's member of parliament for Bandar Kuching Chong Chieng Jen has expressed shock at a statement that many people in Sarawak remain poor because they have failed to make use of economic opportunities available to them.

Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, when opening a seminar in Sarikei two days ago, had reportedly said that those who have become rich had grabbed opportunities brought about by economic programmes, and also had the will and determination to lift themselves out of poverty.

At a press conference today, Chong said: “That (Taib's statement) was most shocking, and unbelievable, coming from (him). We can see that lucrative (state) government contracts have been awarded without open tenders to companies owned by Taib's children and other family members.”

He said these included the building of hundreds of bridges awarded to Titanium Sdn Bhd, hundreds of kilometres of road maintenance to CMSB group of companies, prime land at Batu Lintang alienated to Naim Cendera group of companies and about 108 ha of prime land in the BDC area that has been alienated to Monarda Sdn Bhd at one-fifth the market price.

Hundreds of thousands of acres of plantation lands have been alienated to his family members, without open tender, Chong claimed.

“I would say it is most ridiculous (for Taib) to say that there are equal economic opportunities in Sarawak,” said Chong.

“It is highly unequal, lopsided and (excessively cronyistic). Up to today, he has no answer to our questions on contracts awarded to Mornada or Titanium, as to why there was no open tender.”

Chong said the use of the open tender system would enhance the confidence of both the public and the business sector.

“Last year, Penang occupied the top spot with RM12.2 billion in investments from domestic and foreign sources. Sarawak, the 2009 champion, went down to fourth position,” he added.

Taken from Malaysiakini


Anonymous said...

Taib, Many people in Sarawak remain poor NOT because they have failed to make use of economic opportunities available to them, but economic opportunities were NEVER made available to them, all because you grabbed them all!

Anonymous said...

Taib is senile and making a fool of himself. He better get ready to face the judgement - either in this world or in the next.