GEORGE TOWN: The state government has barred Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu from using state funds of RM200,000 for his constituency because it has lost confidence in him, according to DAP.
State DAP vice-chairman and Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari said he will take over the administration of the Tanjung Bungah constituency based on instructions from the state government.
Tanjung Bungah is one of the state seats under Bukit Bendera.
Zairil said the media had reported that Teh would quit DAP after his term ends.
Teh, he added, had also said he might contest in the general election.
“This means he would go up against DAP in the coming general election.
“If one of your people said he would leave and become a rival, there’s no way any organisation in this world will entrust you with the responsibility anymore,” he told a press conference at his service centre here yesterday.
Reports yesterday quoted Teh as saying that he had received a copy of a letter issued by the north-east district officer to all Village Security and Development Committees (JKKKs) in his constituency to refer to Zairil from Jan 15 for allocations.
An annual allocation of RM200,000 is given to Pakatan Harapan elected representatives to fund small projects and supply expenses.
Teh said he had used the money to help the needy, local associations and NGOs.
He said his power to approve applications before sending them to the district office had also been removed.
Last month, he was barred from verifying applications from flood victims for the one-off RM700 aid given by the state government.
Zairil said a new service centre in Tanjung Bungah would be opened within the next two weeks.
He said the state government could not afford any “slip-up” as the general election nears.
“The people’s applications for allocation remain the same, that is through the JKKKs.
“But instead of Teh, I will be approving and signing them.
“In order to facilitate this, the new service centre will make it easier for the local JKKKs and Tanjung Bungah residents to visit,” he said.
He said Teh could still continue with his service centre but “the one that is recognised by the state will be mine”.
When contacted, Teh said he would try his best to maintain the service centre even if he has to fork out his own money until the general election.
“It is good that they open another service centre but it should be maintained under party funds, instead of state funds.
“He is not an assemblyman but an MP. If a new service centre is to be opened, it should be under the party,” he said.