This is what happens when you raise inconvenient issues in Sarawak.
Wong said Chong had made the remarks outside the assembly proceeding that “80 per cent of the development fund is controlled by one person, Minister of Finance” published in See Hua Daily News and “Sarawak budgetary allocation – 80 per cent at the disposal of one person, Minister of Finance” in Sin Chiew Jit Poh that would tarnish the image and affect public confidence in the assembly and the state Finance Minister.
He said Chong made the remarks to the media on the same day Chief Minister and state Finance Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud tabled the Supply (2010) Bill 2009.
Refuting Chong’s accusation, Wong said based on the normal procedure, the financial allocations would be divided among the different ministries and departments with the respective financial controlling officers handling the financial matters as required under the Financial Procedure Act 1957.
“From the Hansard of the proceeding on Nov 9, 2009, the Chief Minister and Finance Minister who is also the Member for Balingian, did not move a bill or motion on development expenditure whereby 80 per cent of the allocation would be controlled by one person, that is, himself as the Finance Minister,” he said.
Perhaps we should also ask who really benefits/profits from the Bakun, Murum and other dams, which are being built with public funds (whether directly or indirectly), at huge environmental and social cost.