Do Kelantan's MB, excos deserve luxurious cars and massive exco bonuses?
MP SPEAKS | The spending on the cars and bonuses are jarring in light of the state's poor economic condition.- MP SPEAKS | Why are the Kelantan exco Mercedes and “bonus” issues so heated? It really goes beyond politics. The PAS-led Kelantan state government recently purchased 14 Mercedes-Benz official cars. The one for the use of Menteri Besar Ahmad Yakob cost more than RM600,000 on the market. There were also reports that the Kelantan exco received a “bonus” of RM50,000 each. As far as I am aware, the state government has not denied or clarified the amounts paid, with some simply stating that it would be spent on the people's welfare. In contrast, in January 2020 it was announced that 6,000 public officials from the state would get an RM500 bonus each, on top of another RM500 announced previously - RM1,000 in total. Holders of what the state government characterised as “political” appointments like penghulus and al-Quran teachers would get RM250 each. It is undeniable that there is a lot to admire about Kelantan and its potential is boundless. While it is known for its religiosity - it has been called “ Serambi Mekah ” (Mecca’s veranda) - and its strong, unique Malay identity, this has not prevented itself from developing its own multiracialism. Indeed, the Chinese-, Indian- and Siamese-Kelantanese are fiercely proud of their state. Most Kelantanese, including the non-Muslims, were touched by the simple, sincere and open leadership of previous MB Nik Aziz Nik Mat. The people of Kelantan have made their mark on Malaysian public life, both in the corporate and public spheres. More significantly, the women of the state have traditionally carved a name for themselves in business and other fields. Still, there’s no denying the developmental and economic challenges facing Kelantan. The state’s GDP growth averages around 2.6% compared to 4.7% nationally. If we take inflation into account, the state’s economy has hardly grown. It is the poorest state in Peninsula Malaysia. Kelantan has the highest proportion of citizens in poverty in Malaysia at 11.6% compared to the national average of 3%. Of this 11.6%, 2% are in absolute poverty. Unemployment in the state is 4% compared with the 3.3% national average. Youth unemployment is 9.7% compared versus 7.3% nationally. Kelantan’s median income is RM3,079 compared to RM6,958 nationally - this is the lowest of all the states, behind Sabah and Sarawak. If the B40 (bottom 40% income group) households are classified as those with less than RM3,000 in median income, 90% of Kelantan’s households are in that group. Defenders of the PAS state government will argue that it was due to its being side-lined by successive Barisan Nasional-led federal administrations since the Islamist party regained control of Kelantan in 1990. There’s some merit to this argument, but times have changed. Pakatan Harapan isn’t the BN, whether in Kelantan or nationally. While a lot of the suffering that the people of Kelantan had faced was due to the political feud between PAS and Umno, the former’s actions and failed policies have arguably contributed to this. Since taking office in 2018, the Harapan government has been extremely accommodating to PAS-ruled Kelantan. In 2019, Kelantan ended its lawsuit against the federal government and Petronas over the oil royalty issue. And whatever you want to call it - “royalties” or “compassionate payments” - the fact is that some RM15.7 million was paid by the federal government to Kelantan last year. Kelantan received an advance of RM100 million in the form of federal government loans to cover operating costs, including salaries for the state civil servants. Additionally, a RM400 million one-off payment was also given to the state by the federal government last year. And anyway, Kelantan was supposed to get RM1.5 billion for development under the 2020 Budget. PAS cannot blame political obstructionism anymore. If the so-called “Muafakat Nasional” alliance with Umno is real, then it has virtual supermajorities both in the Kelantan and Terengganu state legislatures. But what has PAS done in light of the favourable political scenario it currently enjoys? What has it done with the astronomical sums that have been paid to Kelantan? Yes, Kelantan has reported that it is using the RM400 million allocation for things like affordable housing and clean water. But the luxurious official cars and exco bonuses are jarring in light of the dire economic situation in the state. As any government, they are spending the money as a trust from the rakyat. The rakyat has a right to question whether the monies are being used wisely. To cite just the Mercedes issue, no one is expecting the MB and excos to use Perodua Viva as commented by Deputy MB Nik Amar Nik Abdullah. But let's compare with other state governments. The 2018 E300 class used by the PAS Terengganu MB reportedly costs RM350,000 on the market. Terengganu has far more resources due to the size of the oil and gas resources. In Negeri Sembilan (Harapan) and Perlis (BN), they use 2013 Honda Accords 2.4 valued at RM170,000 each during purchase. Two more Harapan states, Perak and Selangor, Malaysia's most industrialised state, use the 2018 Toyota Camry 2.5 costing RM190,000. So even if we accept the RM250,000-300,000 figure given by PAS Youth, the PAS-ruled states are still paying more for their exco's cars than the states mentioned. All state governments are able to request for excise and duty exemptions in car purchases, so they too pay below the stated market rate. Indeed, PAS-led Kelantan seems allergic to good governance practices. Nik Amar has said that its Kelantan state assemblypersons would prefer to declare their assets directly to the MACC rather than publicly. He also noted that the state’s excos declare their assets directly to the MB. The latter practice was the norm under the BN era and as we know, contributed to perceptions that corruption and abuse were out of control. All 18 PAS MPs also refused to declare their assets publicly as required by Parliament. Yet in the 2012 PAS Muktamar, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang ( photo ) openly endorsed the proposal by their youth wing for party candidates to publicly declare their assets to avoid the excesses of Umno leaders. PAS excos in Selangor from 2008-2018 publicly declared their assets as instructed by the state government. PAS members and voters, especially in Kelantan, have a right to question their leadership over their behaviour. Every reasonable assistance has been accorded to them, but the state is still not the powerhouse that it ought to be. Again, what has been done with the virtual “blessings” that have been showered upon them post GE-14? What are its plans for the future of Kelantan? They go on and on about Pakatan Harapan's alleged failure to fulfil its manifesto, conveniently ignoring its own shortcomings. Instead, PAS prefers to play political games, including its so-called “motion of confidence” gambit and damaging national harmony through racial politics. Is it doing right by the people of Kelantan? Can it be trusted with power in other states or the federal level? Two things are clear, numbers don't lie. Politicians, as public servants are answerable for the trust given to them. NIK NAZMI NIK AHMAD is MP for Setiawangsa, PKR central leadership council member and PKR chief organising secretary. The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysiakini. Related Reports Read more: malaysiakini.com
Murah saja ni..LGE lagi kreta mahal duit T.MELAYU staronline SinarOnline You guys are still at this TOPIC? You guys are really a bunch of PATHETIC SICKOS and probably suffered CHILD SEXUAL ABUSED when small. Leave the Kelantan gov alone. All these because they are an Islamic based government Yes.. Sebab mereka..telah membuat undi kepercayaan kepada Mercedes... Dan memdapat sokongan penuh undi kepercayaan pembelian Mercedes. Lepas ni beli BMW pula.. Mereka akan membuat undi kepercayaan juga utk beli BMW.
They dont deserve the cars but the rakyat who voted for them deserve these kind of leaders. Its a win win situation Kita tunggu hujung tahun bila banjir, kereta ni boleh la di guna untuk rescue operations or taxi untuk evacuation. Lepas banjir pulang kereta tu je They should use the money to buy vans or school buses instead of spending lavishly for their own comfort. Many teachers face danger of driving school children to competition. Having school transport can ease everyone’s anxiety and open jobs for drivers.
duit tak ada takpe..gaya mesti kena ada... Their are more shittier than virus.. Each leader not deserve state or federal... hebat bila ada BMF.. PASPusat Mercedes Benz ke shurga! Make sure engine bagus, security pun tip top ya..👌 Moga2 yang dapat Merc dan duit RM50k tu berbahagia lah hendaknya....
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Mk bila nk serang ph ?😂 Asyik pembangkang je kena If u look at the financial health & well being of the rakyat there. Instead they deserve a camel pull cart! Oh...yes for safety we would suggest they drive amy tank so that nobody can touch them...?😂😂😂😂😂 All self-serving politicians deserve luxurious cars. Hardworking and humble rakyat please buy up Peroduas and Protons.
Just like how they deserve child brides Of course They are thinking for themselves only. The poorest State n lacking in infrastructures but the leaders are 'trendy'.🤑 When they can't even take good care of their state gov but still dreaming about going into federal gov through the backdoor... Sick PAS Of course they deserved much, much more. Look at the development. Why do you think the Kelantese keep voting them back GEs after GEs. They know they will be back in power come GE15, and very likely DS Hadi will be PM or DPM. Infact each of them should be given a Bali style villa.
they seriously DO...proving once and for all that the malay proverb...biar papa asalkan bergaya...is true 🙊..well done
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niknazmi at least kelantan leads in one matrix ! i think we should not question their rezeki.. For what those lebais have 'greatly' done for Ktan.. they 'deserve' more Shld hv bought range rovers and given 10mil each. Takat S class n 50k jer mana cukup. Xkan laa lebai nak naik camry.. ciss U Think What ?!🤦♀️🐷
They do, because they are lebai It’s for the Kelantan ppl to judge. It’s their hard earned state money used by officers for luxuries instead of helping the terrible floods problems & ppl living in poverty Tak layak.. sebab cakap banyak.. kerja.. out.. The answer is a straight and resounding 'NO'! The state should do more, much more, for the people rather than splashing money in luxury the leaders DON'T actually need. Their egos and greed are proofs they are not as spiritual as claimed and that they are actually HYPOCRITES!
So what. Hutang minyak Sarawak bila nak bayar? SarawakKamek semua mabuk duit n kemewahan
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