I watched the news on TV3 last night, only to catch a glimpse of Agriculture Minister Noh Omar speaks about some proposed federal development funding for the state of Selangor. Being the Agriculture Minister, I would expect him to speak about his grand idea of how the federal funding will be used to benefit farmers in the state. I would expect that such funding is to further reinforce state funding.
He spoke about the many federal funded projects lined up for the state but did not elaborate what are the natures of the projects. Of course, he quoted some costs that the federal government would be providing for the projects. The amount would sound attractive to most, but certainly not me, simply because I am not a contractor or a possible benefactor of any state projects that are either state or federal funded.
I continued to listen to Noh Omar speaking, and I was horrified to hear him say that people (I suppose he was referring to the people of Selangor) must know that the funds for the projects are from the federal government (supposedly referring to UMNO/BN). He quoted a particular infrastructure project for the Shah Alam municipality, just to impress viewers and the people of Selangor in particular that the fund for the project isn’t from the state government. What arrogance is this?
So you see the kind of mind set that this Selangor parliamentarian has. He thinks that the federal fund belongs to UMNO/BN, or maybe it is from his own pocket. Does he not know that the Selangor government and its people also contribute towards the federal coffer? I think Selangor being the riches state in the federation must be the largest contributor to the federal coffer. It is the people’s money my dear Noh Omar, and even if you say the money is from the federal government, the people of Selangor too have a share in the money.
Noh Omar can go around the state saying all that he has said on TV, but the people of Selangor aren’t that stupid anymore. They have had enough of 50 odd years of UMNO rule that only saw the wealth of the state being robbed by a handful of Malay elite. Do I need to mention who the Malay elite are? Ask my kampong folks in Ulu Langat; they will tell you.
My brotherly advice to Noh Omar is to always think before you speak. Even the pay and allowances that you get is not from UMNO/BN; it is from tax payer’s money. So please do not make any distinction between federal or state funding. The source of funding is still from the people.
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