THE Johor government will continue its approach of giving special allocation to all assemblymen, including those in the opposition as part of its initiative to improve engagement among all state elected representatives.
Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said the state government allocated RM130,000 to each assemblymen last year and another RM350,000 this year.
“This special allocation is in line with our policy of having lasting engagement. It is not merely an announcement by a Mentri Besar but it has been made into a rule.
“If the other side (opposition) were to be the government again, do not do away with the allocation.
“This special allocation should be given to all state assemblymen to fund pro-rakyat initiatives for the public under their respective constituencies,” he said in his winding-up speech during the state assembly sitting in Kota Iskandar.
Hasni stressed the need for all assemblymen to work together to serve the people, especially during this critical time in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I believe it is sensible for the state government to improve its engagement approach.
“The engagement, which involves all assemblymen, from the government and opposition, should be consistent and not merely be a one-off allocation,” he said.
He added that other initiatives to improve engagement included organising briefings with all assemblymen to share information and provide a clear picture of the Johor government’s current situation.
“The state government is prepared to gradually implement reforms in the Johor state assembly based on suitability and needs. This includes setting up more special committees in future.
“I have given my commitment to ensure that this initiative is consistent,” he said.
Hasni also announced the formation of a special committee, comprising members of the government, opposition assemblymen, deputy state secretaries as well as chiefs of state and federal government agencies, to address problems faced by Johoreans brought about by the pandemic.
“This special committee will study social and economic policy recommendations for Johor post-Covid-19.”
The state government, he said, had put in more efforts to assist the people in facing challenges brought on by Covid-19.
“This includes helping traders who are not registered under the Companies Commission of Malaysia, providing free tuition classes to students, giving support to families facing the trauma of losing loved ones as well as various other initiatives to assist frontliners,” he said.
Hasni added that the state government has allocated RM491mil through three economic stimulus packages during the pandemic, for the implementation of 103 initiatives that have benefitted 1.1 million people in the state.