Mon­gin: Al­lo­ca­tion not for MPs to dis­burse directly

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KUCH­ING: Al­lo­ca­tion for mem­bers of par­lia­ment (MPs) is meant to fi­nance projects in their con­stituen­cies, and not for them (MPs) to directly dis­burse to the peo­ple.

Pun­cak Bor­neo MP Wil­lie Mon­gin also said there are pro­cesses and pro­ce­dures to go through be­fore the grant could be dis­bursed.

He said upon official re­quest from non-govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions ( NGOs), MPs must ap­ply for the fund to the Im­ple­men­ta­tion Co­or­di­na­tion Unit (ICU) un­der the Prime Min­is­ter’s De­part­ment.

If the ap­pli­ca­tion is approved, the money would then be dis­bursed or the project im­ple­mented through the State De­vel­op­ment Of­fice (SDO).

“In prin­ci­ple, the funds are avail­able to all MPs re­gard­less of their po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion, and the peo­ple must un­der­stand that the fund is not given directly to the MPs,” he said to dis­pel public per­cep­tion that the grant was given directly to the MPs.

Wil­lie, who is also Pun­cak Bor­neo PKR chair­man, said he had re­ceived many queries re­gard­ing the fund af­ter Prime Min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad an­nounced that the al­lo­ca­tion for MPs would be dis­bursed be­fore this Hari Raya cel­e­bra­tion.

Dr Ma­hathir had said that Pakatan Hara­pan (PH) MPs would be given a RM500,000-al­lo­ca­tion and RM200,000 for their ser­vice cen­tres each while op­po­si­tion MPs would be given RM100,000.

Wil­lie said fol­low­ing the Prime Min­is­ter’s an­nounce­ment some mem­bers of the public had thought that the fund would be given directly to the MPs, and that their or­gan­i­sa­tions could get their share directly from them.

“But that is not the case. But I can say that I will do my best to utilise the fund for the ben­e­fits of my con­stituents. But please do un­der­stand that the fund will not be dis­bursed directly by me.

“I en­cour­age NGOs that need the fund this year to write to my ser­vice cen­tre as soon as pos­si­ble.

“It is then my re­spon­si­bil­ity to sub­mit your ap­pli­ca­tions ac­cord­ing to the proper pro­ce­dure to the rel­e­vant author­ity,” he said.

Mem­bers of the public have been warned to stay away from the Lily Pond.

Wil­lie Mon­gin

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