PKR MP Wong Chen said Pakatan Harapan was also responsible for the decision by the Perikatan Nasional (PN) to restrict the allocations to opposition MPs.
Wong who is Subang MP said PH had the opportunity to rectify the situation but instead maintained the practice, like how Barisan Nasional did previously.
“How do we do this? When we won in 2018, the PH leadership decided to ‘punish’ the opposition at that time by limiting their operating budget and denying community funds to them.
“While MP PH gets RM300,000 for our office operations, the opposition earns only RM100,000. MP PH also receives RM3.5 million to spend on our community.
“Why do we do that? Who knows. Maybe some in the leadership want ‘revenge’ because that’s what happened to us before 2018. Maybe some in the leadership did that to lure them (opposition MP back then) to jump.
“Whatever the reason, we miss the opportunity to do the right thing, providing equal resources to all parliamentarians,” he was quoted as saying.
Now that things have changed, Wong said PH MPs can expect the same treatment, if not worse, to be accepted from the government.
Wong said his office will now continue its core role as a member of parliament, passing legislation, weighing government policy through parliamentary committees, and monitoring the federal budget.
He said there were no more funds for community activities.
Wong said he had to use his own money for administrative and administrative costs, which could reach RM25,000 a month.
“I’m not sure what the other PH MPs are like. My pocket is not too thick to keep running community programs,” he said.
However, he added, residents in his parliamentary constituency could get in touch with their constituents as PH was still in Selangor.
Some MPs who have been in opposition since the establishment of the PN government said their allocation has been withdrawn.
The PH government collapsed after United President Muhyiddin Yassin led the party out of the PH, to form the PN with the support of BN, PAS, GPS, a number of former PKR MPs, and several smaller parties.
In a related development, the PH government in Selangor also did not provide the Covid-19 outbreak directly to the opposition assembly, instead channeling it to coordinators.
Chief Minister Amiruddin Shari defended the move, saying it was common practice.
24th March 2020 21:33
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