Johor government’s decision to provide equal allocations to all 56 assemblymen on either side of the political divide is unprecedented.
Johor Mentri Besar adviser Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said the state’s Budget 2022 announcement showed that the government upheld the spirit of democracy and treated all members of the state assembly fairly.
He said the state began allocating funds to assemblymen from opposition parties last year so that they could better serve the community.
“This time round, the equal annual allocation of RM200,000 with an additional RM50,000 for festive celebrations announced by Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad will allow all 56 assemblymen to take better care of their constituents.
“Besides that, every assemblyman in Johor will receive 3,000 sets of Covid-19 self-test kits to be distributed in their respective constituencies as a precautionary measure even though the majority of the population has been vaccinated.“The state government has taken a big step with this Budget announcement, so opposition assemblymen can no longer use the lack of funding as an excuse,” he added.
Tee, who is also Pontian MCA division chief, encouraged the public to seek help from their respective assemblymen as they would be receiving the allocations next year.
In Hasni’s Budget 2022 speech on Nov 18, he also said that opposition assemblymen in the state would be invited as observers to attend their respective district action committee meetings.
He announced that the state budget next year was a deficit budget with approximately RM1.95bil to be spent on various initiatives and projects. — By YEE XIANG YUN