Chong Chieng Jen, MP for Bandar Kuching, said that the BN government is more concerned in buying votes in order to stay in power rather than in saving lives lost through road accidents.
He was commenting on the lack of funds to build a double carriageway of the Borneo Highway right from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu especially in certain parts which are accident-prone, but prefer to give away ‘BR1M’ amounting to RM3 billion.
Chong who is also the Kota Sentosa Assemblyman said that Prime Minister Najib is prepared to spend more than RM3 billion in ‘Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia’. Each family whose income does not exceed RM3000 has received RM500.
“Now, Najib may announce another BR1M before the general election. It means another RM3 billion is to be spent. He is prepared to spend such money to buy votes in order to stay in power rather than to build safe roads and hospitals to save lives.
“My question to Najib is: Is it so important to Najib than the lives of Sarawakians? The upgrading of the Borneo Highway can be postponed sine die, but buying votes for him is so important,” he said.
Chong said that giving BR1M of RM500 only brings short term benefits to the recipients.