Hornbill Unleashed

October 10, 2017

DBOS one of central issues to be raised in coming DUN sitting — See Chee How

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:03 AM

Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How has put Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and the state government on notice that matters pertaining to the Development Bank of Sarawak (DBOS) will be one of the central issues to be raised in the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting scheduled to commence on Nov 8.

See, who is state PKR vice chairman, opined that it is important for DBOS and the state government to be transparent and accountable to the people considering that the bank is state-owned and it is laden with many heavy and important duties even though it is expected to commence operation by Jan 1 next year.

“Since its establishment, the deafening silence of DBOS is troubling many concerned Sarawakians. The chief executive officer (CEO) Sim Kheng Boon has yet to make a public statement since his appointment and neither has there been any DBOS statement revealing its preparation or readiness for the scheduled operation.

“Have they recruited anyone? Have they built up their capital and funds ready to finance the many crucial transformation programmes and projects that have been announced by the Chief Minister?” he told a press conference here yesterday.

When announcing Sim as the CEO of DBOS in Aug this year, the Chief Minister’s Office stated that following the appointment of the CEO and other professionals in his core team, DBOS would be ready to commence operations from Jan 1, 2018.

See said since Abang Johari had announced that the infrastructural projects like the rebuilding and repairing of 260 dilapidated schools, Light Railway Transit (LRT) and improvement of ICT infrastructure in the state would be funded by DBOS, the Chief Minister must reveal in detail the plan for these projects.

“Enormous sums are required for all these projects. I am particularly concerned with the Chief Minister’s announcement to repair and rebuild 260 dilapidated schools in two years.

“How will DBOS raise the necessary funds and how will the projects be carried out and be delivered?

“Pledges and promises on the education of our children must not be made lightly.

“And once these pledges and promises are made, we must deliver them. But, where is the fund?”

He said the Chief Minister and the state government must also reveal how these various strategic projects funded by DBOS will be implemented.

“Will the state government promote and inculcate the values of good governance through the state’s projects and programmes that the awarding of contracts will be by and through the open tender system?

“There must be transparency and accountability. DBOS is owned and funded by the state. It is our position that DBOS should rightly be fully subjected to the purview of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly.

“Nevertheless, it is our obligation to keep all Sarawakians fully informed of DBOS operation.

“Consequently, DBOS as a banking institution will gain stature through its public credibility and integrity.

“It can be a significant legacy of the present state government.”

Present during the press conference were PKR Women national vice-president Voon Shiak Ni, PKR Puncak Borneo branch chairman Willie Mongin and PKR Stampin youth deputy chief Jeffery Mok.

Source : The Borneo Post Online



1 Comment »

  1. Will huge allocations to CMO be deposited into DBOS and used for dubious financing? Has CMS group of companies ever received financing from CMO especially when the thief minister was Taib Mahmud, at very low interest rate?

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — October 11, 2017 @ 1:05 PM | Reply

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