Pasir Gudang City Council (MBPG) councillors hope to get Johor government’s approval for an increased annual allocation so that they can better serve the communities in their respective zones.
Councillor Noor Azleen Ambros said the councillors were planning to organise more community programmes this year under Phase Four of the National Recovery Plan (NRP).
“Pasir Gudang councillors were given RM30,000 each to run programmes such as food aid for those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The allocation was initially meant to be used to conduct community programmes with their respective residents’ committees (JKP).
“But ever since Covid-19 hit, we have been using the allocation to provide aid instead of organising regular community programmes.
“Therefore, we hope that we can get at least RM50,000 this year to continue running aid programmes for the needy,” he told StarMetro.
Noor Azleen said an increase in allocation for councillors was justified with Pasir Gudang now being a city.
“If we look at Johor Baru City Council, each councillor is given RM50,000 annually to run similar programmes, so we hope that we can at least match what they are getting.
“Communities in Pasir Gudang have not been able to fully recover from the pandemic.
“I hope that with a bigger allocation, we can continue helping those in need,” he added.
MBPG chief whip Baharudin Mohamed Taib said decision on the higher allocation for councillors would be made in the middle of next month.
“We sent the proposal last year and hope to get a positive reply next month,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kulai Municipal Council (MPKu) chief whip Datuk Mohd Jafni Md Shukor said the allocation to councillors varied for each council, depending on the amount of tax collected from ratepayers.
“Last year, Kulai councillors were allocated RM20,000, whereby RM10,000 was from the council and another RM10,000 was from the state government.
“The allocation was used to run our food bank initiative, especially for those who had lost their jobs and were in dire need of help.
“We wish to continue helping the people, but the decision to provide higher allocation for councillors lies with the state government,” he said.
Jafni said a proposal must also be submitted to the Housing and Local Government Ministry for approval.