Following is an article published by NST Online complete with responses by TTF (in blue):
LIPIS: Unlike the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) government, the Pakatan Harapan-led federal government does not practice political discrimination, said Zuraida Kamaruddin today.
The Housing and Local Government Minister said PH no longer adopt BN’s approach of disbursing funds through the Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU), an outfit under the Prime Minister’s Department, to the respective state governments.
“This is among the improvements that we have made to ensure funds will be distributed straight to the respective state governments… There is no longer instances of ‘dianaktirikan’ (sidelined) like the (BN’s) time.
TTF: Is Zuraida saying the previous BN government under Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak neglected states run by the opposition?
Between the years 2006 and 2016, the DAP run Penang state government spent a total of RM1.04 billion in federal funds on flood mitigation projects alone.
Then, on the 2nd of April 2018, TTF posted:
On 1 June 2011, the BN Federal Govt helped Penang structure its water infrastructure debts by converting an outstanding RM655mil loan to a 45 years annual lease payments of RM14.55mil per year.
In return, the Penang Govt had to surrender water assets worth this amount to the Federal Govt who will then return these assets back to the Penang Govt when the 45 years period is back.
On top of that the Federal Govt also gave a RM1.2 billion free grant to Penang to expand their Mengkuang dam.
Guan Eng was very happy with the Federal Govt’s help at that time and even issued a statement to thank the Federal Govt: https://tinyurl.com/y8x6b46w
This water restructuring exercise actually started under the previous BN state govt before DAP took over in 2008.
DAP had merely continued the process and then shamelessly boasted about this 95% state debt reduction.
Imagine that DAP Penang’s self-declared “best achievement” was actually made possible by the previous BN Penang Govt and the current Federal Govt – and yet, they continue to claim credit to mislead the Penang people for years.
In 2015, the total amount given to all states by the BN led federal government was RM6.74 billion.
Between the years 2011 and 2015, Kelantan received around RM1.94 billion, which included RM378.85 million for allocations due to deficits in its managing account, while Selangor received RM3.63 billion during the same period, including RM25.81 million worth of special funding annually.
Is Zuraida not aware of all this?
‘In Pahang, although the state is run by the opposition, the federal government had never reduced funding for development… Pahang also gets its share, same as other states, ” she told reporters after attending a hi-tea session with villagers in Sungai Koyan here today.
TTF: I’ve just proven that this talk of the previous BN government under Najib having neglected opposition run states is nothing but cockamamie babble by Zuraida.
She’s just trying to con Cameron Highlands voters into thinking that Pakatan’s candidate, M Manogaran, is akin to a knight in shining armour who will gallop all the way to Tanah Rata and solve the district’s problems overnight.
She forgot, that the same Pakatan Harapan government has developed the worst track record in the country’s 61-year history in terms of its ability to keep promises.
Adapted from: NST Online