The Star carries an alarming report today, the latest in developments which suggest that the BN-controlled Federal Government is looking into alternative models to by-pass the state governments in allocating federal funds to the various Pakatan Rakyat states.
Federal Govt mulling over project mechanism in Pakatan states
JITRA: The Government is seeking a suitable mechanism to ensure the smooth implementation of federal projects in Pakatan Rakyat-held states, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Mohd Johari Baharum.
Mohd Johari, who said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had appointed him to monitor the implementation of these projects, said the Government wanted the people to receive the benefits.
Mohd Johari, who is Kubang Pasu MP, said the Prime Minister’s Department was studying the mechanism used in Sabah, Kelantan and Terengganu to be implemented in Kedah, Penang, Perak and Selangor.
“So far, we have found that the mechanism used in Terengganu is the most suitable for these states. However, we need to improve on the mechanism,” he told reporters at a thanksgiving feast organised by him and Bukit Kayu Hitam assemblyman Datuk Mohd Zaini Japar.
Mohd Johari also said the department would re-structure the village development and security committees in Kedah so that they could continue to give their services to the people.
He said they would receive allowances from the federal government in the same way that they received the allowance when Barisan Nasional ruled Kedah.
The BN must realise that federal money is the people’s money. After all, the money comes from the people (and companies) through various taxes and from OUR (not the BN’s) petroleum resources.
It is an insult to the people to think that only the BN can ensure that federal funds is used for the people’s benefit. From experience, many ordinary people felt otherwise and that is why the voted in droves for opposition parties.
It is about time that reforms are instituted to de-centralise the allocations of federal funds so that state governments, elected by local residents, have a greater say in how they are disbursed. “No taxation without representation.”
Unfortunately, the BN seems intent on moving us in the opposite direction, where state governments have less and less say in how the people’s money is being spent. If they think that is going to win back support for the BN from the people, they’ve got another thing coming… Political Tsunami II, perhaps?