Audit issue can hurt PKR’s GE14 chances, says Wong Chen

Wong-ChenSUBANG JAYA: Kelana Jaya MP Wong Chen has expressed concern that his spat with the Selangor government over frozen constituency funds may hurt PKR’s chances to retain the seat in the next general election.

He said Kelana Jaya was one of the safest seats for PKR but he and the party could be hurt if the matter was left unresolved.

“My predecessor won this seat with 5,000 majority votes. When I stood (in 2013), I took it to 26,000 majority.

“But if there is an innuendo of a scandal in my office, that will hurt me and it will hurt PKR’s chances in the 14th general election,” he told a press conference at his office here today.

Wong’s community spending allocation has been frozen since last year after a state audit found his office was not spending enough of the RM250,000 Mesra Rakyat funds he was provided annually.

He had explained that he used the funds, which were meant for small projects and social events, on welfare aid for his poor constituents instead.

He had also claimed the audit process was done without due process, and the auditors did not inform him of the audit or even asked for any clarification or original documents from his office.

“To speculate who gave the order (to freeze his welfare accounts) is not in my interest or the opposition’s overall, because we are going to face an election soon.

“But I need to clear the name of my office, because this matter has been dragging for five months. Please, my own government, do something properly for God’s sake.

“Even if we say (there was) no political interference, there will be political problems arising from this issue. So I need to clear my name fast,” he said.

Wong had said that around 400 struggling families were affected by the state treasury’s actions. They had been recipients of annual welfare aid his office provided.

But this year his office failed to distribute the welfare aid to the group comprising single mothers and abandoned old people after his Mesra Rakyat account was frozen.