Reports by MARTIN CARVALHO, HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM, RAHIMY RAHIM and TARRENCE TAN
THE Budget 2021 allocation of RM6.052bil for the Transport Ministry was passed at the committee stage following a bloc vote.
The bloc vote was called by Anthony Loke (PH-Seremban) shortly after Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong completed winding-up points raised on his ministry during the debate on Budget 2021.
The allocation was later passed through bloc voting with 109 MPs in favour, 94 against and 17 absentees.
In a Facebook post, Dr Wee said he was made aware of DAP’s plans to call for a bloc vote on his ministry’s budget.
He chided Loke for his request and described the move as a “planned script” by DAP ahead of its party polls to appoint a new secretary-general.
If DAP had succeeded in its bloc vote, Dr Wee said it would have likely been used as campaign material by its candidates to gain support during its party polls.
So far, allocations for 13 ministries, including the Transport Ministry, out of 27 ministries have been passed at the committee stage of debates on Budget 2021.
Earlier, Dr Wee said RM6.052bil was allocated to the Transport Ministry, of which RM4.175bil would be spent on 20 new projects (RM766mil) and 58 extension projects (RM3.4bil).
“Through this allocation, infrastructure development for transportation can then continue.
“The people will be able to enjoy public transportation that is comfortable and reliable, ” he added.
This is the fourth time the Opposition MPs have failed to derail the ministerial allocations for Budget 2021 through bloc voting after failing to garner support.
In another development, Dr Wee said RM23.32mil was allocated for legal costs in the case of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 aircraft that was shot down over conflict-hit eastern Ukraine on July 14,2014.
He said Malaysia bore 30% of the trial cost for the case that claimed the lives of all 298 passengers and crew members aboard, including 43 Malaysians, 193 Dutch nationals and 27 Australians.
“Our reason for spending the money is because this was a Malaysian aircraft.
“We want to make sure that those who committed the offence will be brought to justice, ” he added.