JOHOR BARU: People’s Progressive Party (PPP) should not be forgotten especially when implementing recently introduced national incentives and programs.
Johor PPP chairman Datuk Dr.S.Sivakumar said that the party was keen on working together with other Barisan National component parties but found it difficult especially when many of the allocations are handed out based on race.
“We are a multiracial party so sometimes we find ourselves caught in the middle.
“For example, allocations for Indian schools are given to MIC, Chinese schools to MCA and Malay schools to Umno but what about a multiracial party like PPP,” he questioned during a press conference held at the Gelang Patah PPP headquarters here.
Sivakumar said that it was difficult to explain to state members and PPP supporters as to why national schemes such as the Tekun Nasional micro-credit loans were not being channelled through the party.
“Our members and supporters come to us with all sorts of problems and some of these problems can be settled at the state level with the help of our Johor Mentri Besar.
“Other times, we are forced to collect funds among ourselves especially for emergency aid as we are not provided with proper allocations from the national level,” he said.
He added that it has been 19 years since PPP first emerged in Johor and had about 53,000 members who were eager to support the Government.
“All we want is an equal and fair chance to help those in need.
“Our active members have identified many needy families but it is frustrating when we are not attached to the proper channels to help them,” he said adding that the party was keen on playing a more active part in Barisan National.