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What happened to promised allocation to Chinese new villages, asks Dr Wee

KUALA LUMPUR: Ayer Hitam lawmaker Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong wants the Pakatan Harapan Government to keep its promises to provide allocations to the nation's Chinese new villages.

Dr Wee said there were many promises made by Pakatan when it was the opposition with regards to the Chinese new villages in its alternative budgets.

"They said they will give RM100,000 to each village, with allocations by the millions but what is happening now?

"Since I am no longer a Minister, all the new villages have not received their allocations.

"That is the problem," said Dr Wee in his speech during the 11th Malaysia Plan debates in Parliament on Monday (Oct 22).

Dr Wee said there are 613 new villages that used to receive allocations but are now neglected.

He also chided the current administration for not going ahead with the construction of two mosques in his constituency although allocations were approved by the previous Barisan Nasional-led Government.

"I am not a Muslim but I feel sad for the Muslims in my constituency. Why must they be victimised just because Barisan won in that area?

"That is not right, it is a sin," he said.

Dr Wee also took a swipe at the proposals to revive the crooked bridge to Singapore and the third national car project.

He questioned the need to revive the mega projects when Pakatan complained about a lack of funds.

"More pragmatic policies need to be done, without wasting money. 

"When the crooked bridge was previously discussed, YB Iskandar Puteri (Lim Kit Siang) made so much noise but now he is completely silent," he said.

Last week, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian said the state government will be having a meeting with the Singapore government on the possibility of reviving the "crooked bridge" project linking Johor and Singapore.

Osman said the meeting, which will be held either on Oct 27 or Oct 28 in Singapore, will be attended by Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

The crooked bridge project was the brainchild of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad before he retired as Prime Minister in 2003.

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