KUALA Lumpur MPs have deemed the termination of the Federal Territory Residents Representative Council (MPPWP) amid the movement control order (MCO) as untimely, and urge the Federal Territories Ministry to reconsider its decision.
This is following the ministry’s statement on March 23, on the termination of MPPWP membership and closure of all its bank accounts.
It also asked MPPWP representatives to surrender the MPPWP vans to their parliamentary branch offices, return all purchased assets using management grants, as well as submit a report on the management grant and activity grant budgets throughout the period of appointment by April 9.
A joint statement by 10 Pakatan MPs urged the ministry to withdraw its decision as MPPWP members were vital in assisting the needy in receiving welfare contributions during the MCO.
The statement did not include Titiwangsa MP Datuk Seri Rina Harun, Bandar Tun Razak MP Datuk Kamaruddin Jaffar and Putrajaya MP Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil said the termination of MPPWP was not a good decision and called the move vicious politicking when the country was battling the Covid-19 outbreak.
“There are people in the B40 group who are in dire need of help since the MCO began, and MPPWP members are working tirelessly to service their constituencies.
“Now they are withdrawing our ground team and frontliners as well as the funds needed to overcome this crisis.
“This is the worst time to practise such vile politics when the nation is under duress, ” he said.
Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng condemned the move to terminate MPPWP and said Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa should explain his decision.
“They should not terminate the MPPWP during this time of crisis when the nation is waging war against Covid-19.
“At least 50 volunteers are working with authorities in cleaning up and sanitising the neighbourhoods without any fee.
“Instead of using the volunteers, they decided to terminate the existing MPPWP members.
“I don’t think they can appoint new members and help the community in this short period of time, ” he added.
Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai hopes MPPWP can be reinstated to continue its service to city folk.
He commended all MPPWP members who served the people in their respective constituency selflessly.
“However, I feel a thorough review and assessment of the MPPWP’s performance is needed before any termination.
“It looks like a political move with the intent of appointing their own (Perikatan Nasional) people, ” he said.
MPPWP Bukit Bintang Sub Zone Four chairman Cynthia Hor said she would continue to offer help whenever she could.
“I expected this to happen with the change in government but I have not received an official termination letter.
“I will continue to help the people during the MCO period.
“This is what MPPWP is all about, to help the residents who voted for us, ” she said.
Hor added that she would continue to pack 120 boxes of hand sanitisers for Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and the police.
Kepong MPPWP chairman Yew Jia Haur said the termination order was illogical.
“This is a critical moment where everyone, especially the needy, needs aid.
“The ministry is putting us at risk as we were told to close our account at a bank in Jalan Raja Laut during the MCO period.”
Meanwhile, Annuar said he empathised with the MPs on the termination of MPPWP.
“I understand how they feel about the matter, especially now at the height of the outbreak.
“But based on my reports, more than half of the MPPWP in the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan, did not follow proper Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and failed to send annual reports, ’’ he said.
Annuar added that they did not provide proper feedback on their work and expenses.
“The allocation and allowances given to the representatives were not small amounts, ” he said, adding that he hoped to reactivate the MPPWP within 14 days.
Annuar asked the MPs to submit their choice of candidates when the time came to revive the council.