KUALA LUMPUR – Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng claimed that he had just approved aids for the Kelantan PAS government.
He said, the allegations that Kelantan did not have enough of money to pay its civil servants and needed the funds injection from Putrajaya is true.
“It’s true that the Kelantan government could not afford to pay the salaries (of its civil servants).
“It has happened for a long time. I recently approved some allocations to assist the Kelantan state government,” he told the media yesterday.
According to Guan Eng, without the Financial Deficit Assistance from the federal government the Kelantan state government could not afford to pay the salaries of its civil servants.
“Only the Kelantan state government has recorded a deficit it its management account for five years in a row,” he said in elaboration of the Secretary-General of PAS Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan who requested Guan Eng to withdraw his insult to the state.
Earlier in the Parliament, Takiyuddin asked if the Kelantan and Terengganu state could take over the East-Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project cancelled by the Federal Government.
Guan Eng said that he would need to wait for an official letter from the state governments if they are interested to do so.
Nevertheless, he also questioned the ability for Kelantan to take over the project as the state is facing insufficient funds in paying the salaries of its employees.
The answer however, was not taken well by the oppositions, especially Takiyuddin who urged Guan Eng to withdraw his statement.
According to Guan Eng, he was only repeating what was said by former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on the critical financial situation faced by Kelantan.
He said, during Najib’s reign as the Prime Minister, he too had said that the PAS-led Kelantan government could not afford to pay its civil servants without the injection of funds from Putrajaya. -MalaysiaGazette