PONTIAN: Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal (pic) has defended yet another round of project announcements by the Pakatan Harapan government, saying that it is not an inducement to gain votes.
He announced about RM11.75mil of allocations for Tanjung Piai, saying that the late MP Datuk Dr Md Farid Md Rafik had worked hard to boost development in the parliamentary constituency.
“There is no gula-gula (sweets or inducement). It was Dr Md Farid’s request, ” he said after launching a High Density Polyethelene (HDPE) system for saltwater fish manufacturers at the Kukup ferry terminal yesterday.
He presented two mock cheques during the event.
One cheque for RM8.75mil for the construction of multipurpose halls and upgrading of fields in five areas – Kampung Rambah, Kampung Sungai Karang, Kampung Maju Jaya, Kampung Sawah and Kampung Ulu Pulai.
The other cheque for RM3mil was for the building of five open school halls.
Last month, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun announced the installation of 264 street lamps in the rural areas of Tanjung Piai and grants worth RM230,000 for village chiefs.
Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman had also spoken about an allocation of RM4mil to upgrade six futsal courts and one football field there.
On Oct 21, Agriculture and Agro-based Minister Salahuddin Ayub said there would be RM3mil in funds to upgrade jetties.
And just a few days ago, Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced a RM14.7mil allocation for 17 projects there.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that these allocations for Tanjung Piai were just a “coincidence”.
Prior to yesterday’s event, Dr Sahruddin visited fish breeders in Pulau Kukup who were affected by the monsoon season.
He said that two new cages with the HDPE system worth RM115,000 funded by the Johor government would be built on the island.
It was reported last month that preliminary investigations by the Fisheries Department found that the cause of death of some 100 tonnes of fish in Pulau Kukup was due to pollution, as the fishes were bred too close to the shoreline.
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