Grants only in BN-held seats

The Borneo Post – 28 Feb 2008 (

Voters should know by now seats won by DAP in last state election without devt projects: Chan
KUCHING: Constituencies under Democratic Action Party (DAP) after the 2006 state election are suffering today because they have been cut off from government projects and development grants.
Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) assistant treasurer Chan Seng Khai, one of the casualties of the 2006 election, said Batu Lintang would have suffered more if not for Datuk Yong Khoon Seng who is still the Stampin Member of Parliament.
“In 2007, Yong alone received RM8.29 million in government grant and this grant had helped us a lot in Batu Lintang and Sungai Maong area,” he told a press conference here yesterday.
Chan said the people would enjoy more development projects if Barisan Nasional’s (BN) candidates for Bandar Kuching and Stampin could win in the March 8 parliamentary polls.
“If elected they will bring in more money to the areas and benefit the people,” he said.
Chan who is SUPP Batu Lintang branch chairman said opposition parties had been misleading the people when they claimed that the government would still continue developing the area even if the opposition win.
He urged voters to reflect on their losses after the May 2006 election and discern whether opposition leaders had really been of any help to their plights.
Batu Kawa assemblyman Tan Joo Phoi said his constituency continued to enjoy government grants after the state election two years ago as the people made the right choice in supporting the BN.
Between 2003 and 2007, he said Batu Kawa received RM11.1 million government grants to carry out various projects for the people.
SUPP Pending branch secretary Lu Kim Yong said Bandar Kuching had no government grants in recent years because the party’s candidate lost in the 2004 parliamentary election.
“We can’t get a single sen from the government,” he said pointing out that city dwellers had a hard time since.
He said there were no grants for community-based associations while Bandar Kuching did not have enough fund for economic growth.
“I hope voters will wake up and be more realistic now,” he said.