NUSAJAYA: A shouting match erupted for about 20 minutes at the state assembly sitting here after Tan Chen Choon (DAP-Jementah) insisted that all additional allocations approved to be debated first.
Tan, who interrupted the sitting four times said that he did not understand why a debate was not allowed to discuss any additional allocations for the state.
“This is the people’s money, and the people would want to know exactly where has it been allocated to.
“The expenses should not only be approved but also debated,” he said to the Speaker Datuk Mohamad Aziz during the recent state assembly sitting.
Tan went on to explain his stance which was supported by other opposition assemblymen including Aminolhuda Hassan (PAS-Parit Yaani), Jimmy Puah Wee Tze (PKR-Bukit Batu), Dr Boo Cheng Hau (DAP-Skudai), Yeo Tung Siong (DAP-Pekan Nenas) and Wong Shu Qi (DAP-Senai) who all stood up to speak.
A host of Barisan Nasional assemblymen however, also stood up and said that it was the prerogative of the state speaker to decide on the matter and Mohamad Aziz then continued with the approving of the bill.
Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin later in a press conference explained that the additional allocations were taken from the state’s Consolidated Fund.
“Last year, the state’s revenue amounted to more than RM1.7bil and our expenditure was RM936.94mil.
“This means that we have excessive revenue amounting to RM791.5mil and we have managed to eliminate our previous deficits amounting to RM132.52mil,” he said adding that the state would continue to spend wisely in future.
A total of RM184.46mil of additional expenses was approved for the various state departments and related agencies during the sitting.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Khaled also announced that the state assembly had proposed for Datuk Adham Abdul Hamid to be appointed as a senator.
The proposal was made by Mohamed Khaled and seconded by state Education and Information Committee chairman Md Jais Sarday.