Mukhriz questions poor road maintenance in Kedah


  • Nation
  • Friday, 15 Mar 2013

sira@thestar.com.my

PETALING JAYA: The PAS-led Kedah Government has been taken to task for failing to repair potholes despite receiving RM150mil in federal funds for road maintenance.

Jerlun MP Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said the matter should be viewed seriously as fatal accidents had occurred because of damaged roads.

“We heard that RM60mil had been spent on road repairs, but we do not know where.

“What happened to the remaining RM90mil?” he asked.

He said this at a press conference to announce a gathering of Kedahans living in the Klang Valley at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara on March 16.

Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be addressing the anticipated 5,000-strong crowd at the gathering. Among activities lined up are entrepreneurship counselling and sales of handicraft items from Kedah.

Mukhriz said that the gathering was part of a campaign to encourage Kedahans living in other states to return home to vote.

Mukhriz also took a swipe at the Pakatan Rakyat for claiming credit for projects implemented by Barisan Nasional in its Sayangi Kedah Sejahtera report book highlighting its achievements over the last five years.

“We are going to counter every page in the book as it is full of lies,” he said.

Mukhriz said Pakatan did not build a single mosque in Kedah during its reign but in the report book, it took credit for the 12 mosques and surau built by Barisan between 2008 and last year.

Mukhriz, who is also the Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister, said that the ministry and the Malaysian Investment Development Authority had worked hard to draw foreign investment into the Kulim Hi-Tech Park.

“But after everything had been finalised following years of discussion and follow ups, the Pakatan exco went on holidays abroad, met the principals, signed memorandums of understanding and created the impression that they had done it all in a single visit.”

Mukhriz said in the last general election, the Opposition had pleaded for one term to prove that they could perform better than Barisan in Kedah.

“But they have done nothing significant and they have the cheek to request for another term,” he said.

Mukhriz also said that the root causes of internal sabotaging which caused Kedah Umno some seats had been identified and rectified.

“There is no reason for elements of sabotage to resurface this coming election,” he added.

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