KUALA TERENGGANU: A Barisan Nasional (BN) backbencher has urged the Terengganu government to prepare more comprehensive development plan instead of resorting to ad hoc implementation.
Alias Abdullah (Alor Limbat) said many projects implemented by the state government did not have proper plans or blueprints.
He cited as an example the oil palm cultivation in house compounds to augment the poor’s income.
He said RM100mil had been allocated for the project under the 2009 budget but it had yet to get off the ground and that left a negative impact on the state government’s image.
“If a project is only spoken of but not implemented, it will lead to the people having a bad impression of the government.
“I have been often teased by my constituents.
“During my visits to the villages, people have teased me by saying whether I had difficulty finding their houses as they were surrounded by oil palm trees,” he said during the debate on the 2010 state budget in the state legislative assembly.
Alias said that under the project, the poor were to have been given between 15 and 20 oil palm seedlings to plant in their house compounds.
Abdul Wahid Endut (PAS-Wakaf Mempelam) criticised the state government for being overly dependent on the Federal Government’s special fund, otherwise known as oil royalties, for a major portion of its revenue.
He said that in the 2010 budget announced recently, the fund made up RM1.731bil or 92% of the estimated RM1.881bil income.
“Only RM163mil or 8% came from state government sources, reflecting on the state government’s inability to generate its own revenue.
“It is not safe for the state government to depend so heavily on the (oil) royalties. Even the Mentri Besar himself has said the oil resource is not permanent and is dependent on world market prices,” he said.
As such, added Abdul Wahid, the state government should seek out other resources to raise revenue without being overly dependent on the special fund. — Bernama