PETALING JAYA: There should be no politics involved over the distribution of aid to the constituencies of Members of Parliament, says Pakatan Harapan.
Its secretariat council said that RM22.2mil has been provided by the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) to all parliamentary constituencies, with 1,000 meal packs given to needy families.
It said however that the system in distributing such meal packs were not the same in every state.
“In Johor for instance, there are some Pakatan MPs who said that they were not contacted by the Welfare Department, or who said they were made to understand that the meal packs will instead be given out through the National Security Council or other bodies.
“The secretariat council stresses that the time of the Covid-19 crisis is not the time to be playing politics and to be manipulating the bureaucracy.
“Now is the time to rally all our energy and strength to fight Covid-19 and to help those who are affected, ” said the secretariat council in a statement on Monday (April 6).
It urged the Welfare Department not to sideline Pakatan MPs in distributing the food aid.
“Let us put aside political differences and have a bipartisan collaboration - for the rakyat and the country, ” it said.
The statement was signed by PKR information chief Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin, Parti Amanah Negara communications director Khalid Samad and DAP organising secretary Anthony Loke.
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