KUCHING: The state assembly approved the Supplementary Supply (2011) Bill 2012 with an allocation of RM87,791,655 yesterday.
At the same time, the August House also approved the Supplementary Estimates of Development Expenditure 2011 with an amount of RM75,450,271 and the Supplementary Estimates of Development Expenditure 2012 totalling RM55,418,116.
During the tabling of the Bill, Wong Ho Leng (DAP - Bukit Assek) sought to debate on the Bill which was tabled by Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh but Ho Leng’s request was rejected by Speaker Datuk Seri Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar who ruled that Ho Leng did not comply with the Standing Order which required at least a day’s notice as he had only filed in the notice yesterday morning.
Asfia also ruled that under the Supplementary Bill, members of the state assembly could only seek clarification instead of debating it.
At a press conference later, Wong said the Opposition leader was not serious in his homework that he only filed in his notice at a very last minute.
“The command papers on the estimates were laid on the tables two days earlier.
“I have all the answers ready and he missed the opportunities to seek clarification.”
On another matter, Wong chided the Opposition members for making sweeping statements that could damage the state’s reputation.
“Of course the Opposition has its roles to play but they don’t have to shout and speak with emotion.
“When you speak with sincerity, it carries more weight,” he said in reference to Chong Chieng Jen’s (DAP - Kota Sentosa) statement in the state assembly that the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) was tantamount to “zero”.
Chong made the statements at the tabling of the Regional Corridors Development Authorities (Amendment) Bill, 2012 by Second Minister for Resource Planning and Environment Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan on Tuesday.
Wong said as a responsible Opposition member, Chong should not behave the way he did just to score political mileage, Wong said such behaviour was a disservice to the state, which could lose out in foreign investments.