The Selangor government did not provide Covid-19 allocation to opposition members in the state, instead, the state is channeling it to the coordinators.
It Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari said the move to channel the allocation for opposition seats in the state to the coordinators was a common practice.
This was followed by the dissemination of a letter on social media that said 9 representatives from Umno, PAS and PPBM, including 2 who were fired from PKR last month, would not receive an allocation of RM30,000 for Covid-19, directly.
Amirudin said, each opposition area in Selangor was allocated RM200,000 as a yearly expenditure and was never given directly to the Opposition Assemblymen.
“Opposition assemblymen can demand money from their respective District Offices for funding,” he said.
Amiruddin said the letter stating that the allocation of RM30,000 would not be given to the Opposition Assembly directly was not something surprising.
He said the allocation for “direct purchase” was always there, but was recently raised from RM20,000 to RM30,000 for all 56 assemblymen following the Covid-19 outbreak.
Amiruddin said the letter was among the many letters issued and was a standard practice (not giving direct opposition to opposition representatives).
The state assembly will receive more allocation, while the opposition assembly will receive the lower allocation.
“This has been a long time coming,” he said.
The letter on the discussion between the prime minister and members of the State Government Council on March 22 decided that the allocation of RM30,000 would be channeled directly to the Community Service Center for all assemblymen except the Sungai Tawar assemblyman, Sungai Panjang, Hulu Bernam, Sungai Burong, Gombak Setia, Bukit International , Semenyih, Siangangkang and Straits of Klang.
Amirudin said that although the opposition assembly had lower allocations, the Pakatan Harapan (PH) state government allocation provided “coordinators” to implement the program.
“So in reality, no one is left behind, even though their (opposition) assemblymen have not received funding,” he said.
He said that given the recent transfer of federal government power to the National Alliance, coordinators for several new opposition areas had yet to be determined.
Amirudin said several PH MPs were selected to handle the allocation for opposition areas at the same time.
Amirudin also said the average state assemblyman would earn RM730,000 to RM800,000 a year.
23rd March 2020 18:32
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