Friday, March 17, 2006

"People Shouldn't Question Govt Savings On Oil Subsidy"

RM 4.4 Billion Fuel Subsidy Savings: "Thou Shalt Not Question"

Yeah. So much so for the flowery words and "Tell Me The Truth", "Work With Me, Not For Me". From Bernama:

People Shouldn't Question Govt Savings On Oil Subsidy - PM

PENANG, March 17 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has asked the people not to question the government's efforts to use the RM4.4 billion savings from the reduction in oil subsidy to improve the public transportation system.

He said the government vowed to spend the money wisely and would make efforts to improve the public transportation system throughout the country for the people's benefit.

"I hope the people will no longer question the money received ...we will put the money to good use so as to improve the public transportation system in all states. See where the priority is, perhaps, the total amount is not enough, we'll have to see," he said.

Speaking to reporters after opening the marine police base for the northern region here Friday, he said the government needed the people's cooperation in providing comfortable public transport facilities.

The government had approved the setting up of a Public Transportation Trust Fund with an allocation of RM4.4 billion, which was an estimate of the total savings from the oil subsidy reduction to improve the public transportation system.

The fund will be used to finance projects to improve the public transportation system, like upgrading the integrated public transportation system including buses, light rail transport system (LRT), monorail and commuters.

Wow! Vowed somemore! What if the vow is unfulfilled?

Check out this BN's manifesto and see if the "Thou shalt not question" directive has already violated one of it:

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