KUCHING: SUPP Woman Chief wondered about Federal Minister of Works, Baru Bian the necessity of appointing19 Parliamentary Coordinators to be assigned to the 19 parliamentary constituencies under the care of Gabungan Parti Sarawak.

She figured that the latest political appointments will cost tax payers RM9.5 million annually and this is in addition to Federal Village Community Management Council (MPKKP) which costs RM70 millions annually. These are all rakyat’s money, she said.

According to her, this shows the Pakatan Harapan government’s inability to manage country’s economy when the country’s economy grew at 3.6% in the 4th quarter of 2019. The lowest since 3rd quarter 2009.

So instead of busy creating more public posts, and appointing Pakatan Harapan’s own members to the posts, the government should focus on the urgent issue facing Malaysia, which is to rescue the sluggish economy.

She stated that according to Baru’s press statement today, each parliamentary coordinator will be allocated public fund of RM500K annually to be utilized in accordance to the Prime Minister’s directive.

The press release also indicated that the main role of the parliamentary coordinator is to ensure the programmes and projects under the Federal Government’s 5-years plan are carried out accordingly.

This latest political appointment once again contradicted Pakatan Harapan’s famous election promise, which is to eliminate political appointment and hired base on merit.

“With the broad and vague role descriptions of the parliamentary coordinators, I would like to ask the Federal Minister of Works YB. Baru the following questions:

1. What are the job descriptions of the parliamentary coordinator?

2. How would the RM500K rakyat’s money be spent?

3. Are the appointments done based on merit?

I would also like to remind the Federal Work Minister that there are 500 who had lost their jobs recently due to the Federal government’s decision to terminate the contract for Pan Borneo Highway’s Project Delivery Partner. Many among those who lost their jobs are well qualified Sarawakians.

They are construction engineers and project managers who are breadwinners of their families, and I am certain they will take reasonable salary to ensure “the programs and projects under the federal government’s 5-years plans are carried out accordingly,” she pointed out.

She then reminded the Federal Work Minister Baru, who is a Sarawakian, to realise the PH’s election promises, which was to return the 50% tax collected to Sarawak, to pay Sarawak 5% oil royalty, and to return the education and healthcare autonomies back to Sarawak.