‘I don’t know what Anwar was talking about’

(Borneo Post) – KUCHING: Deputy Works Minister Datuk Yong Khoon Seng said yesterday his ministry’s records show that over 90 per cent of projects scheduled for every Malaysia Plan (MP) has been accomplished.

As such he had no idea where PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim got the record in his claim that 92 per cent of 310 projects approved for the state had not been implemented.

Yong, who is also Stampin MP, added he could not verify Anwar’s statement as not all development projects came under the Ministry of Works.

He explained to reporters covering the closing of an accounting workshop here that the Ministry of Works took care of the construction and maintenance of federal roads, multi-purpose buildings and bridges, while other development projects were handled by other ministries.

“Not all projects are under our jurisdiction. For instance, rural roads, water, and electricity supplies go to the Ministry of
Rural and Regional Development, school projects to the Education Ministry, and police headquarters works fall under the Home Ministry.

“So, I don’t know what Anwar meant by 92 per cent not completed,” he said.

To a question, Yong declined to offer advice for the opposition leader as he believed Anwar blurted out his claim simply for political mileage.

“It’s okay, this is politics. Whatever he wants to say, by all means, except that I don’t want to ‘cakap sebarang’ (do baseless utterance),” he said.

Ninety-six students, who will be sitting for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination, attended the three-day workshop jointly organised by the Saberkas Third Mile and Stapok Unit.

In his speech, Yong advised these students to pursue higher education after the public examinations.

“Do not stop at SPM level as there is still a long way to go. Go for tertiary studies after the exams and make yourself a professional who can better contribute towards nation-building,” he said.

Among those present were Saberkas Third Mile Unit chairman Melson Chai and Stapok Unit chairman Tan Hun Seang.