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LAST_UPDATESat, 17 Feb 2018 10pm

Appropriate Move To Refer Allocation Freeze With Selangor Palace

SHAH ALAM: Pas' move to take up the alleged annual allocation freeze for its state assemblymen in Selangor to the palace is the appropriate thing to do.

Kuala Selangor MP Datuk Seri Irmohizam Ibrahim said claims of the party's state assemblymen being excluded in receiving the annual RM800,000 allocation brings doubt to the sincerity of Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

"Such allegation clearly shows there are flaws in the state's administration. If Azmin is truly sincere, Pas may not want to bring this issue to the palace. It is definitely difficult for Pas to meet Azmin and to believe that he wants to discuss the issue of the annual allocation.

"The Selangor state government can deny claims of the freeze but it would not be possible to stop Pas from complaining about this issue to the palace and this is an appropriate action.

“At the very least, maybe Pas is becoming more aware that the Selangor state administration may not be really sincere in resolving issues like this," said Irmohizam in a statement today.

The Umno Supreme Council member described the freeze, if it was true, as a betrayal of the people.

"It is a betrayal in politics where the rakyat are also affected because of the 'excessive politicking'. We do not want a situation where the people would become victims of greed and mess of the opposition.

“This can be taken as a betrayal of the Selangor Menteri Besar to the people because the assemblymen are chosen by the people."

Selangor Pas commissioner Sallehen Mukhyi had reportedly said that the Selangor state government had frozen the annual allocation meant for the party's assemblyman.

The Sabak assemblyman, said he was informed by a state Economic Planning Unit officer that Pas assemblymen would not be receiving the funds.

Sallehen, however, said he did not receive any official letter on the matter yet and that Pas would consider meeting the Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah to resolve the matter should the PKR-led state government fail to respond on the matter.

Several Selangor Pas assemblymen had resorted to using their own money to fund their rakyat related programmes in their respective state constituencies.

They had also said the delay in receiving the annual allocations was quite normal and they would normally get it at the end of Jan or early Feb.

- NST