PETALING JAYA: Deputy prime minister Fadillah Yusof said opposition MPs have yet to submit a request for allocations, despite the government’s invitation.
“They have not sent their request letters so far,” he told FMT.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim criticised opposition MPs who demanded allocations but refused to negotiate with the federal government.
He recounted in the Dewan Rakyat how Pakatan Harapan had carried out a series of negotiations with then prime minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob in September 2021, which eventually led to the signing of a memorandum of understanding – with equal allocation of funds for government and opposition MPs a key clause.
However, Anwar said MPs from the Perikatan Nasional coalition had repeatedly refused to negotiate with Putrajaya.
Earlier, in shooting down claims by some opposition MPs that they had not received any allocation, Anwar cited the Ketereh and Sik constituencies, which had received funding for 61 federal projects valued at RM2.12 million and 73 projects valued at RM3.73 million respectively.
Anwar was interrupted by Ronald Kiandee (PN-Beluran) who said there was a clear difference between development allocations for parliamentary constituencies and allocations for MPs.
The unity government has previously said it was ready to give allocations to the opposition, but only for expenditures related to administrative matters.