GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Gerakan today claims three more state assemblymen from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), had the allocations for their respective constituencies frozen after failing to attend an official state government function.
Gerakan vice-chairman, Oh Tong Keong said the allocations of the three representatives, namely, Machang Bubok Assemblyman Lee Khai Loon, Bukit Tengah Assemblyman Ong Chin Wen and Kebun Bungah Assemblyman Cheah Kah Peng had been frozen by the state government because they failed to attend the oath-taking ceremony of the Penang Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas on April 29.
He said that the matter of allocations should not be politicised as the funds rightly belonged to the constituents, and there were other ways to punish those who failed to attend official state government functions.
“I would like to urge the Chief Minister not to freeze the allocations of the PKR state assemblymen because the allocations are for the welfare and benefit of the people of the areas concerned,” he told reporters here today.
Last May, PKR Penanti State Assemblywoman Dr Norlela Ariffin claimed the allocation for her constituency was also frozen by the state government on the same grounds.
Oh said the action was seen as a form of penalising PKR elected representatives who did not support the state government on the issue of landfills in the State Legislative Assembly.
Ong and Cheah were also fired by the state government from state government-linked companies (GLCs) last year when they abstained during the voting on the motion on land reclamation by the Barisan Nasional during the Penang State Assembly.
Efforts to obtain the confirmation of the three PKR assemblymen failed as they did not want to comment on the issue.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister I Rashid Hasnon, when contacted by Bernama, said the issue had been resolved after the six assemblymen including those not from PKR replied to the show-cause letters issued by the state government previously.
“Six state assemblymen did not attend the inauguration last April and they have given the reason for their absence and the issue is now considered closed,” he said.
Rashid, who is also state PKR deputy chairman, said the state government was in the process of approving the allocations which they should have rightly received.