PETALING JAYA: The decision to stop allocating funds for eight PAS assemblymen in Pahang does not mean the state government is neglecting the people in these areas, says a state executive councillor.
Unity, welfare, women and family development committee chairman Shahaniza Shamsuddin said funding and aid will instead be channelled directly to the needy.
She also dismissed claims that the termination of the RM20,000 allocation would hinder the development of Malay-Muslims in the state.
“What’s important are the people, not the elected representatives. So it’s not true to say that we’re restricting the development of the Malay-Muslim community just because they (the PAS assemblymen) don’t receive funds.
“Recently, I handed over RM288,000 in state government funding to the Luit constituency. In total, I’ve given about RM2 million to Luit and Chenor,” she told FMT.
Luit and Chenor are represented by PAS assemblymen Sofian Abd Jalil and Mujjibur Rahman Ishak, respectively.
She said the Barisan Nasional state administration will look after the people’s welfare in all constituencies by appointing exco members as “caretakers” in areas held by the opposition.
“Constituencies under PKR, DAP or PAS are all going to get the funding. There’s no special treatment just for BN areas, we’re not cruel,” she said
Shahaniza, who is the “caretaker” for Luit and Chenor, is also the Maran Umno division chief.
Yesterday, PAS’ Panching assemblyman Tarmizi Yahaya said the party’s elected representatives have not received allocations from the Pahang government since January.
He told FMT that the RM20,000 allocation channelled to PAS after the Perikatan Nasional government took over Putrajaya in March 2020 was terminated without any notice.