Upko chief: Development funds should be given to all MPs, reps

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 26 Dec 2020

KOTA KINABALU: The governments at federal and state levels should share the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) with all MPs and assemblymen irrespective of their political affiliation, says Upko president Datuk Seri Wilfred Tangau.

He said the Federal Government and state governments under different political parties must emulate the Umno-led Perak state government's move to distribute CDF aid to all the state's elected representatives.

He admitted that Pakatan Harapan Plus was not “kind enough” when it was in government and did not treat opposition colleagues as equals.

“I have to admit that PH Plus – myself included – had not been empathic enough of the Opposition when we were in federal and state governments.

“We started to offer constituency development funds to Opposition MPs and state assemblymen, which was not done under Barisan Nasional.

“However, we refused to treat the Opposition colleagues as equals and give them the equitable amount of CDF. We held back some of the CDF to be managed by our party colleagues on various excuses, ” he said in his Christmas message on Saturday (Dec 26).

He said they were wrong and Pakatan Plus must have the courage to admit the mistake.

“We should have loved our neighbours, even if they are in different parties, like we love ourselves and colleagues in our parties, ” he said.

Tangau expressed his admiration of Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Saraani Mohamad for his groundbreaking announcement on Dec 15 that an equal CDF would be disbursed to all 59 assemblymen regardless of party affiliation.

He also congratulated his Pakatan colleagues in Perak, led by the state's inaugural legislative opposition leader Abdul Aziz Bari, for making this possible via the first Confidence and Supply Agreement (CSA) in Malaysia.

“Umno and Pakatan in Perak have shown Malaysian how politics can be professional and gentlemanly, that we politicians can rigorously compete and sincerely collaborate with each other like athletes of great sportsmanship," he added.

He also called on Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and all mentris besar and chief ministers of other states to emulate the model set in Perak.

He said the Federal Government must give RM3.5mil to all 222 MPs, with each getting the same amount.

All 12 state governments should also do the same for their assemblymen.

Tangau added that he hoped the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) coalition led by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor would also do the same for assemblymen in Sabah.

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