KUALA KANGSAR — June 8, 2016: Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir today gave a breakdown of the timber royalty collected by the state Barisan Nasional government in recent years to refute claims to the contrary by a fomer MB.
At the same time, Zambry also asked former MB Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin not to use the hate
sentiment towards BN while campaigning for the Kuala Kangsar by-election.
According to Zambry, his predecessor was merely manipulating issues and spreading slanderous claims in the hope of garnering support.
Thus, he should use other approaches to campaign, not resort to lies.
Zambry was commenting on the statement from the Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) deputy chairman recently, in which Nizar claimed that the BN government only collected timber royalty of RM13 million a year and that Perak had the third highest number of hardcore poor in Malaysia.
Zambry further stated that Nizar was also lying when the former claimed he had collected RM40 million in timber royalty during the 11 months he was MB.
Zambry the told reporters the BN government had in fact collected more royalty than before, between RM57 million and RM70 million a year.
In 2009 the BN state government collected RM36.7 million, 2010 was RM57.5 million, 2011 RM58.2 million, followed by RM63.5 million in 2012, RM57 million in 2013, RM70 million in 2014 and RM66 million last year.
In respect of the hardcore poor, Perak was eighth lowest compared to Selangor (fourth) and Penang (seventh).
“We are confident the people in Kuala Kangsar know who Nizar is. The more he speaks, the more he utters baseless accusations and acts like a loose cannon,” remarked Zambry.
The Kuala Kangsar parliamentary by-election will see a four-cornered contest involving BN, PAS, Parti Amanah Negara and an independent on June 18. — Bernama