Govt Setting Up Development Offices In Opposition-held States To Manage Federal Funds – Ka Chuan

PUTRAJAYA, May 5 (Bernama) — The Government is to set up Federal Development Offices in the five opposition-held states to manage federal funds, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan said Monday.

Previously, when Perak, Selangor, Penang, Kedah and Kelantan were under the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration, they had state development officers to manage the federal and state funds.

“But now that these states are under opposition control, the federal government had to establish Federal Development Offices to handle federal funds,” he told reporters after launching the Fire and Rescue Day celebrations.

Ong, however, said his ministry would continue to provide allocations and grants for roads, drainage and maintenance of infrastructure facilities despite the states being under opposition rule.

He said the federal government was coming up with a different arrangement as the states were under the Pakatan Rakyat administration.

On a report Monday quoting him as saying local council projects requiring federal funding would be deferred, Ong said he was misquoted.

“I think there is some misquoting. Sunday the reporters asked me on Perak Menteri Besar’s meeting with the prime minister recently,” he said.

He said Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin had asked the prime minister not to stop the RM52 million allocation for new and upgrading projects in the 15 local councils in Perak which was approved before the March 8 general election.

Ong said what he actually said was “if the project is ongoing, definitely we cannot stop, especially people-centred projects that are important to the people.”

He said his ministry would review some of the projects, not only in Perak, but also throughout the country which have not taken off and were not urgent to provide for the country’s RM4 billion food security plan.

— BERNAMA

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