KUCHING: The Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government’s decision to allocate funds to their unelected parliamentary coordinators is improper.
Political commentator Datuk Peter Minos questioned Putrajaya’s motives for the allocation, describing the annual RM500,000 fund from the Prime Minister’s Department to the coordinators as unethical and a form of campaigning.
“If the parliamentary coordinators are elected representatives, then you can say that the government allocation is for them to help the people, but those parliamentary coordinators are not elected representatives,” he said.
Minos opined that the coordinators, whose task is to monitor the implementation of federal and state government projects, have no locus standi to oversee the projects to begin with.
“PH and PKR especially must look after the Pan Borneo Highway project before thinking about appointing their parliamentary coordinators to monitor the state and federal government projects in Sarawak.
“Their minister (Works Minister Baru Bian) said the project will be done by 2022, but as a layman, I wonder whether the target will be met. Talks and promises is one thing but being credible and honest is another,” he said to New Sarawak Tribune yesterday.
He compared the newly-appointed coordinators to the controversial implementation of the Federal Village Community Management Council (MPKK) in Sarawak, both of which are improper and aimed to disunite the people.
“PH is notoriously known for this and Sarawakians are fully aware of their antics. As the saying goes ‘once bitten, twice shy’. No more breaking of promises and outrageous ideas from PH,” he said.