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2009 Mar 18 - SAPP: Be transparent on SETIA and SDC

SAPP: Be transparent on SEDIA and SDC

KOTA KINABALU, March 18, 2009: Former State Assistant Finance Minister, Melanie Chia today questioned the veracity of the series of claims made by the State Government over the progress of the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) that, since its launch in January 2008 it had successfully attracted and implemented a number of projects to the tune of several billions ringgit.

"How come we have not heard of or notice any open tenders being called for these projects?" she questioned.
Besides this, she again questioned the immunity given to the Board of Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA). The Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority Enactment 2009 was passed in the State Legislative Assembly in January 2009.

Melanie who is also the Luyang State Assemblywoman cum Women Chief of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) thus urged the State Government to be more transparent in its dealings in SEDIA and SDC, in order to prevent any manipulation or misused of government funds.

She urged this while responding to the recent revelation made by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in Parliament that the Federal government had allocated RM2.376 billion to SDC for it to carry out its 54 main projects.

Abdullah also revealed that as of January 31 of this year, SDC had implemented 28% or 15% of its projects, RM549 million worth of investments.

She claimed that feedback gathered from the business and industrial community, and the general public in the State revealed that they were rather unclear and therefore skeptical of the concept and development of SDC and how this would benefit the people in the State.

"When we touched on the 54 projects, a majority of the public was apparently completely ignorant of them and, neither were they optimistic about the benefit that these projects would bring them. Obviously, they were confused as to how or based on what criteria the Government determined such projects and, how many of these projects would really and directly benefit the rakyat. Their focus are how the people and the State will benefit!", she noted.

She continued that business community in the State, those in the construction industry especially, were rather disappointed with the non-disclosure of the list of SDC projects, as well as the non-tendering of the projects via open tenders.

"By right, any project that exceeds tens of millions must be awarded through open tender. Many contractors in the State had complained that they didnít have a chance to tender for any projects in the past and neither now with the Sabah Development Corridor which, they claimed was meant for those with the right connection to the powers-that-be. Hence, how could this possibly benefit the rakyat then?" she contended.

She cited that under a non-transparent approach, every single ringgit of an allocation could subject to abuse that it could either end up as political funds, commissions for the middleman or kickbacks for those responsible for awarding the projects.
Hence, by the time the people get to enjoy the allocation, it probably had been reduced to 20sen.

"Only when these projects are awarded through an open tender system that the government can truly prevent wastage and manipulation of public funds and, subsequently bring about true benefit to the people at large." she stressed.

She thus demanded the State Government to make public the full list of the SDC projects and how they were awarded and to whom, stressing that SDC was supposed to benefit the people of Sabah at large, and not a privileged few of individuals, groups or areas.

Melanie also recalled that she had during the last State Legislative Assembly sitting raised the issue on the granting of immunity against suit and legal proceedings to the State Economic Development and Investment Authority which, she spoke against as it was improper. Further, the Authority is also vested with too much power and citing the popular adage of "power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely".

She was of the opinion that the dealings of SEDIA should not in anyway be determined by just a group of individuals.
"Which country in the world gives blank cheques to those in power to use or abuse without having to face any consequences?" she asked.

She contended if all the dealings are conducted in a transparent and accountable manner according to the rules and regulations, one should not be afraid of being monitored and scrutinized.

SAPP Policies

SAPP's 17 point Manifesto - Sabah deserves better in terms of more equitable distribution of opportunities, in social, economic and infrastructural development and a better quality of life. [BM][Chinese]

SAPP's Economic Plan for Sabah - SAPP aims to achieve economic prosperity and financial self-reliance for Sabah. Version in [BM] [Chinese]

SAPP's Land Reform Policy - To promote and protect the rights and interests of local natives and other citizens in Sabah [BM][Chinese]

On Oil Royalty - SAPP is not giving up its struggle for more oil royalty payment for Sabah.

SAPP's Eight (8) Points Declaration - Whereas our mission is to establish a trustworthy govt and a progressive ...

SAPP's 14 point memo in 2006 - Time for Direct Preventive Actions

SAPP Constitution (booklet)

Our Sabah..

Books on ....
RCI Report on Immigrants in Sabah
The Birth of Malaysia
Malaysia Agreement Article 1-11
The Original Agreement of Malaysia
Heroes of Kinabalu 神山美烈誌
Schedule 9 of the Federal Constitution

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20 Perkara
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Bernas Monopoly
No to coal-fired plant
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3 million acres oil blocks ceded
The Formation of Msia & Devt in Sabah
Proclamation of Msia 1963...details
Restore Sabah's right to appoint JCs,
Ex-minister: Review 20-point
Supply Sarawak power to Sabah...
Sedition Act 1948
Continental Shelf Act 83 (1966)
Petroleum Development Act 144 (1974)
Petroleum Oil Agreement (1976)


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