THERE is no need for Kuala Lumpur parliamentarians to meet the Federal Territories Minister in person to iron out issues.
Tan Sri Annuar Musa said he had formed the Federal Territories Consultative Committee (Jakowip) for that purpose.
“This is the avenue for us to meet regularly and discuss issues.
“In the committee, I listen to all views from different segments of society.
“MPs are only one segment, I must also listen to residents associations as well as the Federal Territories Residents Representative Council.
“Some MPs want me to meet them exclusively, which is against my philosophy.
“Opposition MPs cannot dictate the way we do things.
“We have to be fair and do things in a proper manner, ” he said during an exclusive interview with StarMetro.
Previously, nine Kuala Lumpur Pakatan Harapan MPs had opted not to attend the first Jakowip meeting in February, claiming that Annuar had ignored their requests for a special meeting in December last year.
Annuar said unlike a state assembly sitting where assemblymen are required to attend sessions, local councils under the Federal Territories practise a two-tier system where MPs can approach related government departments.
“However, there must be a systematic way in doing things.
“An MP’s role is to raise questions, debate and give ideas
in Parliament and additionally, they can do so through government departments.
“I have been an MP and assemblyman, I know how to discharge my duties as a people’s representative.
“But I have never sought exclusivity to meet heads of departments at government agencies.
“So the question of me not wanting to meet them does not arise, ” he said, adding that the MPs had a right to turn down the Jakowip invite.
Meanwhile, Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh in a statement questioned why the minister had ignored their requests to meet last December.
“I had also requested a meeting between the residents and the minister with regard to the Taman Awam Bukit Kiara
(formerly known as Taman Rimba Kiara) housing issue but was not given a response.
“Parliament has not convened and our requests were not met, what other ways do we have to highlight issues to the minister?” she asked.