Perak gov't denies it "neglects" opposition assemblymen in allocation provision

INTAN BAHA


IPOH: The Perak government has rejected claims that it neglects state opposition parties and assemblymen by not providing allocations for them to serve their constituents.

''As we know, the state government allocates RM4,000 per month to assemblymen’s service centres, (comprising a fixed allowance, and rental and utility payments), regardless of their political party.

''On top of that, RM150 is also added for postage and other additional costs, to ensure that the centres offer good services to the people,'' said State Industrial, Investment and Corridor Development Committee chairman, Datuk Mohammad Zahir Abdul Khalid.

He was replying to an additional question by Chen Fook Chye, Keranji assemblyman (DAP), during the question-and-answer session at the state assembly’s legislative sitting in Ipoh today.

Chen was asking when the state government plans to provide allocations to opposition assemblymen.

Meanwhile, Zahir advised assemblymen to visit their constituencies more often to learn of the problems faced by their people – and suggested that they could apply for allocations from the Menteri Besar’s Office, if needed.

Earlier, Zahir explained that the state government has appointed Land and District Office staff and local authorities in every district, to manage allocations and identify development projects for each district.

All government departments must follow implementation guidelines according to the 1Pekeliling Pebendaharaan (1PP), which went into effect on July 3, 2014, which is aimed at providing information on, and guiding assemblymen in, project financing procedures.

1PP is a financial regulatory and accountancy programme for the state’s financial management, issued by the Treasury Department under Section 4 of the Financial Procedure Act 1957 (Act 61), Zahir added.