BN leaders demand explanation from CM Lim Guan Eng on water hike, fund for roads maintenance - Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia

BN leaders demand explanation from CM Lim Guan Eng on water hike, fund for roads maintenance

BUKIT MERTAJAM: The Penang government has been told to stop the blame game and come clean with letters that the Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) had wrote to the Federal Government over the recent water tariff hike.

State Barisan Nasional chief Teng Chang Yeow argued how could Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had blamed the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry’s approval as an excuse for the 20 per cent hike in the water tariff.

“How can they blame the ministry, when the deputy minister revealed that it was the DAP-led Penang government which had requested for the hike?

“Now we want Lim to show letters between the ministry and the state government,” he said in a press conference at the BN Permatang Pauh by-election command centre in Perda City Mall here today.

On Apr 1, Penangites had to fork out about 20 per cent more for their water bill, after the state-owned PBAPP had hiked their tariffs.

The tariff review saw an average increase of 16.7 per cent for domestic users and up to 100 per cent for the industrial sector.

In face of criticism, PBAPP claimed that the tariffs were intended to promote water conversation and avoid water rationing during dry spells.

In the same press conference, state Umno chief Datuk Zainal Abidin Osman challenged the state government to reveal information on whether the road maintenance costs in Penang were funded by the state or the federal government.

Zainal’s call comes in the light of Lim’s claim that the state Public Works Department had spent RM13.9 million in the past seven years.

“CM’s claim was funny. He said Permatang Pauh was never neglected and RM13.9 million had been spent on road repairs. I want to ask, is it federal or state fund?” he queried.

Zainal also called Lim to reveal in detail about the RM24 million spent on drainage infrastructure on Seberang Perai mainland.

“The Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) had spent RM24 million to construct new drainage in the past seven years. That is approximately RM3.5 million a year.

“My concern is, how much of this amount has been channeled to villages. From my understanding, the construction of these drains was in housing areas only,” he said.

Yesterday, Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof took the state government to task for failing to fully utilise the RM27.37 million allocations from federal government for roads repair and maintenance.

Fadillah revealed that as of Mar 31, the state had had only spent RM12.819 million while the condition of roads in the state, especially in Permatang Pauh constituency was deplorable condition.





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