Chong claims RM2.06 billion unaccounted for in state budget

Sarawak Legislative Assembly Sitting, November 2017

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KUCHING, Nov 10: Kota Sentosa assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen today alleged that RM2.06 billion is missing in the State Budget 2018 which was proposed by Chief Minister Abang Johari Tun Openg on Wednesday.

Describing the so-called missing RM2.06 billion as a slush fund, Chong who is state DAP chairman, said the amount accounted for 40 per cent of the state’s development expenditure.

He asserted that since the amount was missing, it could be termed as a slush fund.

“If you look at the budget, projects as small as RM100,000 are being accounted for. But there are no details what RM1.399 billion is for,” he told the reporters on the sidelines of the State Legislative Assembly today.

Earlier when debating the budget, Chong questioned the vague designation of RM1.399 billion for “government approved agencies and trust fund”.

He also drew attention to a sum of RM665 million which was set aside for “special fund”.

Chong then speculated that the funds must be meant for Barisan Nasional assemblymen who in turn would pass it on to their constituents.

Chong had made a similar statement in 2012, alleging that there was a RM11 billion black hole in the state budget tabled by former Chief Minister Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahumad, resulting in Taib suing him in 2013.

Taib won the case in both the High Court and the Court of Appeal. The case is now with the Federal Court. — DayakDaily