Perikatan welcomes decision on allocations for MPs and assemblymen, says Hamzah

PETALING JAYA: Perikatan Nasional welcomes the government’s decision to provide allocations to its MPs and assemblymen, says Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.

However, the Opposition Leader said Perikatan will only make a decision on whether or not to accept it after its leaders are done scrutinising the conditions imposed by Putrajaya.

“Perikatan welcomes the decision made by the government to provide allocations to the people’s representatives from the Opposition.

“Nevertheless, Perikatan as the Opposition will make a decision after reviewing the conditions imposed in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) draft which will be prepared by the government,” he said in a statement on Thursday (April 18).

On Wednesday (April 17), it was reported that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had chaired the unity government secretariat leadership meeting at the Seri Perdana complex to discuss allocations for Opposition representatives.

The 5.30pm meeting was also attended by Deputy Prime Ministers Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, Agriculture and Food Security Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Sabu, and other leaders in the unity government.

On April 6, Hamzah confirmed receiving a draft agreement on constituency funds for opposition MPs from a representative of a “high-ranking individual” but refused to name the person.

Hamzah, who is also the Larut MP, said Perikatan was waiting for the government to present an official proposal regarding their allocations of RM3.8mil a year – the same amount that government MPs receive.

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