Musical fountain issue: Pending rep pens a reminder to Talip

Yong (right) showing the letter she wrote to Talip. With her is former Batu Kawah assemblywoman Christina Chiew.

By Wilfred Pilo

KUCHING, March 4: Pending assemblyperson Violet Yong has written another letter to Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Integrity and Ombudsman) Datuk Talib Zulpilip concerning the Darul Hana Musical Fountain (DHMF) issue.

She told a press conference that she wrote to Talib three months ago but no explanation was forthcoming.

Yong argued that as an elected representative, she was duty bound to follow up on the matter.

”Yesterday, I did a follow up through my assistant by delivering a letter to the Ministry to inform the minister that three months have lapsed,” she said at the state DAP headquarters here today.

“I believe it is time for him to extend the design specifications of the Darul Hana musical fountain to me. The last time, the reason for him not to extend a copy is that according to the minister, the matter was being audited by Audit Negara.

“I believe (it has been) so many months the investigation has been carried out, so there is no harm for the minister to extend the copy of the necessary documents. I trust the minister will liaise with me by providing the necessary facts and information relevant to Sarawakians on the use of public funds for the DHMF that cost RM31 million.”

Yong asserted that Sarawakians wished to have a government that adheres to the principle of integrity, transparency and accountability.

“If there is nothing wrong in spending RM31 million on the DHMF project, then they (government) should be brave enough to disclose all the documents.”

She reckoned that whatever the project, the people had the right to know how the money was spent. — DayakDaily