I Ve Spoken To Penang Cm On Equal Funding For All Reps Says Guan Eng
Lim Guan Eng tells Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman that his proposal for equal funding for all assemblymen has been conveyed to the Penang government.KUALA LUMPUR: Lim Guan Eng says he has spoken to Penang chief minister Chow Kon Yeow on providing equal allocations for all assemblymen, including those in the opposition.
Lim (PH-Bagan) was responding to Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (Ind-Muar), who had urged states under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration to also ensure equal allocation to all elected representatives.
Syed Saddiq had said the reforms outlined in the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the government and PH were historic, which included equal allocations for all MPs.
However, he asked if the PH-governed states of Negeri Sembilan, Selangor and Penang would also provide equal allocations to opposition assemblymen, saying they needed to be fair in their own states, too.
“Yes, I agree. I have contacted the Penang chief minister about this matter and he would surely agree with this suggestion,” Lim, who is also the DAP secretary-general, told the Dewan Rakyat, in response to Syed Saddiq.
“For the other states (under PH), this is up to the respective administrations. But I personally recommend it.
Azis Jamman (Warisan-Sepanggar) also urged other states under the administration of Barisan Nasional and Perikatan Nasional to follow suit and provide equal funding to all assemblymen.
Currently, only the Perak and Johor governments are providing equal allocations for all assemblymen.
Despite the MoU, Lim maintained that PH would still function as the opposition and play its role as a check and balance on the government. He warned Putrajaya that the agreement did not give them a “free pass” to do as they wished.
“If the government does something wrong, we will reprimand them. If there is any abuse of power, misappropriation or corruption, we will not let these things go,” he said.
He also urged Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob to do away with the cabotage policy set by transport minister Wee Ka Siong during the previous administration’s tenure, saying this was key to safeguarding the digital future of Malaysian youths.
Describing the removal of cabotage exemption as a mistake, he pointed out that Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation chairman Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff had himself criticised the decision.
“We hope that the prime minister ensures our digital future by rejecting this wrong cabotage policy made by the transport minister. Save our digital future,” he said. - FMT
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