PETALING JAYA: Two MPs stepped forward today, branding themselves “foolish” but wiser for not using the Approved Permit (AP) given to them to buy imported cars.
This admission came in the wake of a statement made by Wanita PKR chief Zuraida Kamaruddin, who when defending her penchant for luxury cars, told a local Malay daily that she would be a “fool” for not taking advantage of the APs to which she was entitled.
Zuraida, who is also the MP for Ampang, made this statement when reacting to allegations that she had “extraordinary wealth” as evidenced by her collection of luxury cars.
Following her remark, fellow MP Rafizi, also of PKR, took to Twitter today, saying, “I am among the foolish Members of Parliament who did not use my AP. Please take note.”
Meanwhile PSM MP for Sungai Siput Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj, when contacted by FMT, said “it was wiser” if a representative of the people did not benefit from the APs.
He said he sold his APs and channelled the proceeds from the sale to fund his work in Sungai Siput so he could pay his staff and the volunteers who worked for him.
“All my volunteers know their MP receives this privilege but uses it for constituency work.
“Thus, they are more motivated to work harder. From the aspect of politics, it is wiser to do it my way,” he said when contacted by FMT.
He said that if he had used the APs to benefit himself, this would have dampened the spirit of his staff and volunteers.