SHAH ALAM, 29 Nov: The 1Malaysia Maintenance Fund (TP1M) implemented by the Federal Government clearly marginalises states governed by Pakatan Rakyat, Selangor and Penang in particular.
The Member of Parliament for Bayan Baru, Sim Tze Tzin, said that from the RM40 million allocated for 2013, not one application from Selangor was approved and only eight were approved for Penang.
According to him, the Federal Territory received the largest allocation, 74 percent, followed by Johor (10 percent), Malacca (7.5 percent), Perak (4 percent), Penang (3 percent) and Kedah (0.3 percent).
“This makes the Federal Territory the only winner in the TP1M, while Penang and Selangor have high density of low and medium cost flats.
“So the question arises; is there an element of favouritism or political consideration in the awarding of the TP1M?” asked Tze Tzin in a statement.
He was responding to a debate on the committee stage Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) in Parliament regarding the TP1M allocation which is far lower and far different from the announcement of RM500 million announced by the Federal Government in 2010.
Tze Tzin said that the minister involved claimed that the RM500 million allocation is for the 10th Malaysia Plan (2011-2015) without further commenting on how the remainder RM460 million will be used by 2015.
“We call for the minister to explain the TP1M plan for 2014 and 2015, and whether they will spend the remaining RM460 million allocated?
“I ask for the minister to carry out his duties professionally and transparently in awarding the TP1M, and to ensure that all states in Malaysia are not sidelined,” he said.
The TP1M introduced by the Federal Government in January 2010 was intended to benefit residents especially in low-cost or medium-cost housing areas.