Monday, September 5, 2011

Awang Adek taken to task over highway remark


Sep 5: Kelantan PAS has slammed deputy Finance minister Awang Adek (pic) over his remark that the state government could never solve traffic congestion issue, describing it a vile and shallow attempt to discredit the PAS-led government.

Kelantan PAS Youth chief Abdul Latiff Abdul Rahman reminded Awang that Federal government was responsible for highway infrastructure across Malaysia.

“Has Awang Adek just woken up from his slumber or deliberately trying to collide with Kelantan UMNO's state liaison chief (Mustapa Mohamad) in this issue?” he asked, referring to the International Trade and Industry minister who said Kelantan would not able to build highway on its own as it was the responsibility of the Federal government.

On August 24, the state government agreed to take over the long-delayed construction of the Kota Bharu-Kuala Krai highway, following the Federal government’s failure to complete it as promised.

The state said it would cost some RM1.9 billion, lower than the RM2.3 billion quoted by the Federal government.

Kelantan state Exco in charge of Finance, Husam Musa, said the allocation had been withdrawn from the 10th Malaysia’s Plan.

Husam said the highway was extremely important to the people.

“Kelantanese working outside the state have always faced traffic jams especially during school holidays or festive seasons. Due to this, the state government has to prepare a new initiative to ensure the completion of the highway by open tender to private companies,” he said.

Latiff meanwhile said the state government was forced to take over the project because the Federal government was not interested in helping a Malay-majority state despite claims by UMNO of championing Malays.

He added that alongside Awang's support for gambling when he suggested that sports gambling be legalised, his latest statement would further erode his chances of becoming the next Kelantan Menteri Besar.

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