KOTA KINABALU TODAY, 3 APRIL 1997
DISCLOSE REAL STATE OF FINANCIAL AFFAIRS
KINABALU, Thurs. - Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) today called
on the Barisan National government to disclose the true financial
position of the State in light of widespread claim by members
of the public that the government is in serious financial problems.
assemblyman Dr Maximus Ongkili said the government had been avoiding
the issue for some time but the public knows the real situation
especially the civil servants.
Ongkili was commenting on the denial yesterday by Deputy Chief
Minister cum Finance Minister Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh that the
State government was in deep financial trouble.
is a joke that the government has been unable to pay the bonus
on time for reasons of thrift and financial discipline. The civil
servants are in the best position to know the real story since
they are also administrators of government finances.
the government has not been fair to the civil servants. If indeed
thrift and financial discipline are the reasons for delaying the
bonus payments, why is it that only civil servants are forced
to carry the burden thereby adversely affecting their financial
condition?", he questioned.
about the ridiculous amount the government spends on rental of
vehicles from Angkatan Hebat which members of the public estimate
to be about RM50 million annually compared to around RM10 million
annually before the privatisation exercise?
what about the excessive overseas trips and travelling by ministers,
agencies and boards of corporations which PBS has continously
questioned during debates on every supplementary bills in the
State assembly for the last three years? How come nothing is being
done on these matters and instead payments of civil servants’
bonus are delayed on grounds of thrift and financial discipline?",
Dr Ongkili asked.
PBS deputy president renewed the party’s claim that the State
financial position was in bad shape and urged the government to
disclose the real facts.
is public knowledge that staff of many municipal and district
councils are yet to receive payment of arrears for the 1996 salary
adjustment from the government. And these include staff of the
Kota Kinabalu Municipal Council which is supposed to be very well
off compared to other councils.
are aware that there is some RM200 million worth of claims by
contractors for work completed in 1996 yet to be paid by the State
Treasury. Apparently the claims have been approved but payments
cannot be made because there is insufficient fund.
contractors have also complained of their submissions of claim
for work done being unnecessary querried and delayed, again because
there are not enough funds to go around", he said.
Ongkili urged the State government to disclose publicly its present
financial position with respect to latest revenue earnings, current
level of expenditure, and amount of reserve in the consolidated
figures are important in order to assess the financial position
of the government. Projected and actual figures should also be
given so that the public knows the shortfall in revenue and how
much the government has overspent.
would also like to know how much revenue has been earned from
the forestry sector and the size of th e shortfall because everyone
knows that forestry revenue is at least 50% lower than originally
projected. Further, the public wants to know how much revenue
has been earned so far from the auction of prime town lands which
the government claimed would generate over RM100 million a year.
it is the interest of the public to know whether the State government
has already began to use the consolidated fund in advance of the
expected earnings of RM565 million from sale of SLDB which may
only take place in July? If the government has indeed already
used the fund, it is a fundamental breach of established budgeting
practice and rules", he stressed.
Ongkili urged the State government to be transparent on all these
issues to restore confidence in the State financial system, adding
that "most people do know what exactly is happening and is
really useless to mislead the public by not giving the correct