KUCHING, September 1: A RM10 million allocation for a two-year period to each Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) lawmaker is for the implementation of infrastructure projects, not in preparation for a snap election as widely speculated.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg denied that the funds would be used for a snap election, as the allocation was part of the state’s two-year rolling plan for each elected representative to implement people-centric projects including water supply, electricity and road infrastructures.
“No such thing (about snap election), where did you hear it? I myself also don’t know about it. We are doing this because GPS is a responsible party.
“What we have promised in our last state election manifesto, we will carry out. It’s not about snap election,” Abang Johari told a press conference at PBB headquarters, Jalan Bako, here today.
He said the RM10 million allocation for a period of two years was for all GPS MPs and assemblymen.
“They (the elected representatives) will ensure the allocation will benefit the respective areas they represented,” he said.
Santubong MP and PBB supreme council member, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, said the allocation would enhance the delivery system of the GPS-led state government.
“So as an MP of Santubong, I will have to work closely with three other state elected representatives in my area, whether the allocation is for a possible snap election or otherwise. But we have to continue serving the people.
“We welcome the allocation from GPS government to carry out our service to the people,” added Wan Junaidi.
GPS, consisting of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu, Parti Rakyat Sarawak, Sarawak United Peoples’ Party and Progressive Democratic Party, currently has 19 MPs out of 31 state parliamentary constituencies.
At the supreme council meeting, issues relating to the Land Code (Amendment) Bill 2018, and Oil Mining (Amendment) Bill 2018, were also discussed. — DayakDaily