PETALING JAYA: PAS' poor management and obsession with hudud enactments has caused Kelantan and Terengganu to regress, said MCA Youth.
Its vice chairman Nicole Wong Siaw Ting said PAS has nobody to blame but itself for the backwardness of Kelantan which it has governed since 1990, and now Terengganu.
"Despite Kelantan being in the opposition, Putrajaya under Barisan Nasional never failed to provide allocations for Kelantan's infrastructural and development growth and welfare purposes," she said in a statement on Saturday (Sept 15).
She said that the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry had allocated RM66mil for welfare programmes in Kelantan in the first eight months of 2014.
She added that PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang had forgotten that the Kelantan exco had thanked Barisan for announcing two projects – namely the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport and East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) – when the 2018 budget was tabled.
Wong said that RM2.8bil had been allocated to Kelantan for the education sector in 2017 and monetary aid of RM913mil, making it the largest beneficiary of financial deficit assistance.
She also said that Kelantan should look at its own weak administration and wastages, giving several examples including the 2016 Auditor-General's Report, which found that the Pasir Mas District Council (MDPM) had overpaid for walkie-talkie sets.
She added that The Auditor-General's Report 2012 found that the Kelantan government had not completed 15 development projects under the Tenth Malaysia Plan (10MP).
Wong also said that gender segregation at cinemas, supermarkets or netball tournaments turned off visitors and would-be foreign investors or international sports bodies.
She added that PAS' outright support of the public flogging of two young women in Terengganu and its defence of child marriage has unleashed unnecessary global outrage and criticism against Malaysia as a whole.
Wong said other public shaming proposals like parading Muslims in hearses when they do not attend Friday prayers, or flogging in stadiums or mosque compounds for Muslims convicted of syariah offences reflects badly on the country.These issues and more gives a negative perception to investors who view Kelantan and Terengganu as being backwards, she said.
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