DAP Serian Youth chief calls for transparency over RM100 mln JKKK allocation

Brolin Nicholsion

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KUCHING, Nov 4: The RM100 million allocation for Village Development and Security Committees (JKKKs) through Sarawak Budget 2020 must be implemented properly with transparency.

Democratic Action Party (DAP) Serian Youth chief Brolin Nicholsion emphasised that the allocation is not a small and therefore urged the state government to disclose to Sarawakians how the money be channelled back to the people and the village communities.

“The Sarawak government through its Budget 2020 announced by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has allocated RM100 million, an amount which is triple last year’s allocation. He said it is to fund the activities, as payment for the meeting allowances and to pay monthly allowance of JKKK members.

“Although this is more or less copying what the federal government did when setting up Federal Village Community Management Councils (MPKKPs), it is good as it provides legal competition which will bring benefits for the people,” according to Brolin in a statement today.

Brolin alleged that as the current Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government has not been practising transparency in their governance.

“I am not opposing any policy which will benefit the people, but I want the state government to be accountable for these monies. For example, in last year’s budget, the state government allocated a total of RM81.7 million for dilapidated schools and yet, it is not resolved. In this year’s budget, they pumped in an allocation of RM 40.5 million.

“What happen to the RM81.7 million last year? How many schools have been repaired from last year’s budget? Where did the money go if it was not used to repair the schools?” Brolin questioned.

He also reminded GPS they were part of the previous Barisan Nasional government who were silent when their Malaya-leaders did not allocate funding for Sarawak. — DayakDaily