Money going to waste?
> Selangor govt to put unused funds of opposition reps to good use
SHAH ALAM: The state government will channel unused funds allocated to opposition assemblymen to coordinators at their respective constituencies.
Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (PKR-Bukit Antarabangsa) said this is so that the money can be spent for the people as originally intended.
“The state executive council has decided that if the opposition fail to spend the remaining money, then we will discuss other ways to channel the money to the constituency,” Azmin told the state assembly yesterday.
He said a portion of the RM200,000 allocated to each opposition representative was spent to maintain their service centres and to pay staff.
Azmin also noted that only the legislative assemblies in Selangor and Penang allocate funds to their opposition assemblymen. Opposition MPs in Parliament receive none.
Azmin said in his budget wrap-up speech that opposition assemblymen have only been using RM6,000 per month for their service centres while the rest remains untouched.
He said opposition representatives are selfish as they have previously rejected the allocations and only took money to fund their service centres.
Selangor BN, however, argued that the RM6,000 per month for service centres and staff were allocated to all assemblymen and they were only spending what they have been entitled to.
The funds for opposition representatives started in Budget 2015 as an effort to create a more democratic space in the Selangor legislative assembly, which also includes having the opposition leader chair the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
Selangor BN spurned the RM200,000 allocation as it is far less than the RM700,000 allocated to government assemblymen.
Opposition assemblymen similarly rejected the PAC chairmanship, arguing that it is meaningless as the number of government representatives in the PAC outnumber opposition representatives.