Syed Saddiq claims allocation was withdrawn after crossing the aisle

KUALA LUMPUR: Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (Muda-Muar) claims that the allocation for his constituency has been withdrawn.

According to him, this happened shortly after he quit the government bloc in Parliament, adding that the matter was relayed to him by the Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU).

“I got confirmation from the ICU that as soon as I joined this (Opposition) bloc, the allocation was withdrawn and emptied out.

“Out of the RM3.8mil allocation for government MPs, RM2 million can be allocated to build halls, repair schools, and assist the poor.

“The question is how come government MPs can get (almost) RM4mil but Opposition MPs get zero,” Syed Saddiq asked in the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday (Sept 19).

Syed Saddiq raised the issue after Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek said her ministry did not stop any infrastructure construction in any state.

On Sept 10, Syed Saddiq, who is Muda president, said he had dropped out of the unity government bloc after publicly expressing dissatisfaction with the abrupt halt of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s trial on corruption charges.

Syed Saddiq said there was no satisfactory explanation from the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) on the withdrawal of 47 graft charges against Ahmad Zahid.

He began sitting on the Opposition aisle last week, leading to the unity government losing its two-thirds majority in the Lower House.

Currently, the unity government has 147 MPs on its side.

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