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Press Statement by Lim Guan Eng in Georgetown, Penang on Thursday, 27th November 2008: 

Details of MPSP's shocking RM223.7 million losses in reserve funds over 9 years of significant development expenditures revealed to let the public judge whether such expenditures benefited public interest or is just another sad example of BN's cronyism, mismanagnement and money politics   

Details of Seberang Perai Municipal Council's (MPSP) shocking RM 223.7 million losses in reserve funds over nine years from 2000 to 2008 are revealed together with significant development expenditures. The public shall judge whether such expenditures benefited public interest or is just another sad example of BN's cronyism, mismanagement and money politics. From an accumulated surplus of RM 230.1 million at 1.1.2000 to only a budgeted surplus of only RM 6.4 mllion at 31.12.2008, RM 223.7 million has been lost over 9 years.

Penang Gerakan chairman Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan. who is also former state local government and traffic management committee chairman, claimed that the money was used for major and small local community projects to benefit the people such as:

cleanliness campaigns, anti-mosquitoe programmes and landscaping,

building of two big markets in Kepala Batas and Kampung Baru, Bukit Mertajam,

multi-purpose hall in Butterworth, two modern sports complexes in Kepala Batas and Jalan Betik, Bukit Mertajam,

acquisition of land for infrastructure development, building sanitary landfill in Pulau Burung, Seberang Perai Selatan (SPS) due to closing of dumping site at Ampang Jajar; and

extra expenditure on house-to-house collection of solid wastes from thrice weekly to four times a week.

The public shall judge whether MPSP spent its money prudently and built according to specifications, whether these projects were necessary and if so whether they achieved their purpose. More importantly, is the question whether a cheaper alternative could be found such as the RM 84.3 million spent on building the new MPSP headquarters in Bandar Perda despite the state government having allocated to MPSP a 30 acre site in Ampang Jajar.

Other contentious items are the "constituency funding" of RM 50.3 million ( RM 300,000 yearly given to each BN ADUN in Seberang Perai) and MPSP councillors(RM 8.6 million) amounting to RM 59 million which is no different from money politics as the roads are still filled with potholes and drains blocked. Also the RM 70,000 per month or over RM 800,000 spent per year on air-conditioning charges of the MPSP HQ to a company given without open public tender.

Clearly MPSP's coffers were depleted by wasteful and irresponsible spending that only benefited the few cronies of BN at the expense of the general public. If Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan is willing to support the Penang state government principles of CAT(Competence,Accountability and Transparency), he should explain the necessity of these contentious items such as the expensive MPSP headquarters and other buildings, the cost-effectiveness and benefits of RM 59 million in funds used at the discretion of BN ADUNs and MPSP Councillors as well as the over-priced bills for air-condtioning of the MPSP HQ.
 

Kos Bangunan MPSP

BIL

PROJEK

RM

TAHUN SIAP

1

Dewan Bandaran

5,824,999.54

2001

2

Pejabat cawangan spt

7,474,797.75

2001

3

Anjung Bagan

5,585,107.93

2002

4

Kompleks sukan Bertam

15,402,652.35

2000

5

Kompleks sukan Daerah Spt

17,925,400.63

2006

6

Mahkamah Munisiple dan Medan Selera

5,820,474.54

2002

7

Bangunan Ibu Pejabat

70,835,022.01

2005

 

 

128,868,454.75

 

 

 

 

 

BIL

TANAH

RM

 

1

Pejabat cawangan spt

2,875,182.00

 

2

Tapak Ibu Pejabat

13,503,600.00

 

 

 

16,378,782.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

145,247,236.75

 

 

PERKARA

Jumlah

99-07

KADUN-INFRASTRUKTUR/ANTI NYAMUK

50,377,925

MAJLIS SUKAN NEGERI

2,500,000

TABUNG TYT

350,000

STADIUM BATU KAWAN

3,861,940

DEWAN MILENIUM

1,446,455

INVEST PENANG

2,500,000

SUKMA 2000 PULAU PINANG

2,649,335

PEMBIAYAAN PELAKSANAAN PROJEK OLEH PBT

2,000,000

PROJEK PERUMAHAN RAKYAT

5,585,976

 

 

PENGURUSAN SISA PEPEJAL BERSEPADU PULAU PINANG (DIPERKENALKAN MULAI 2002)

 

TIPPING FEES

67,735,983

TRANSFER STATION

25,038,503

 

 

POKOK ANUAL

42,821,763

PENGAMBILAN TANAH

33,282,346

JUMLAH

240,150,226

 

Pembiayaan Untuk Projek Khas 

 

 

 
TAHUN

 
PERKARA

 
1999

 
2000

 
2001

 
2002

 
2003

 
2004

 
2005

 
2006

 
2007

 
2008

 
JUMLAH

KADUN INFRASTRUKTUR / ANTI NYAMUK

 
8,988,091

 
7,996,699

 
7,143,135

 
6,300,000

 
7,350,000

 
7,350,000

 
6,300,000

 

 

 

 
50,377,925

 
MPSP councilors allocation

 
960,000

 
960,000

 
960,000

 
960,000

 
1,200,000

 
1,200,000

 
1,200,000

 
1,200,000

 
10

 
10

 
8,640,020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
SUB TOTAL

 
59,017,945


* Lim Guan Eng, DAP Secretary-General & Penang Chief Minister