PETALING JAYA: Ketereh MP Khlir Nor says he will no longer “beg” for parliamentary allocations after four of his fellow Perikatan Nasional (PN) MPs announced their support for Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim in order to secure funding for their constituency.
The Bersatu man said he had appealed several times for such allocations but insisted he would not follow in the footsteps of his four opposition colleagues.
“I’m not thinking about parliamentary allocations anymore and I don’t expect anything any longer,” he told FMT.
“As long as the people of Ketereh want me, the most important thing for me is to continue serving them with Perikatan Nasional.”
Khlir added that he would explore alternative means to secure funds to take care of the welfare of the people in his constituency.
The first-term MP gained public attention during the September session of the Dewan Rakyat when he revealed that he had to use his own money to make contributions to the families of those who had passed away in his area.
He also claimed that the lack of parliamentary allocations to opposition MPs had led to them having to close their service centres.
Equal allocations for MPs has been a contentious issue in recent months. It eventually led to four MPs from Bersatu pledging support for the government. They are Iskandar Dzulkarnain Abdul Khalid (Kuala Kangsar), Suhaili Abdul Rahman (Labuan), Azizi Abu Naim (Gua Musang) and Zahari Kechik (Jeli).
Iskandar Dzulkarnain and Suhaili have since been suspended by the party for four and six years, respectively, after the party’s disciplinary board ruled that the duo had breached Bersatu’s constitution.
On Wednesday, Suhaili confirmed receiving allocations for his constituency after declaring his support for Anwar on Oct 30.
Currently, each of the government’s 148 MPs is allocated development funds of RM1.3 million annually, an amount that is several times higher than the allocation for opposition MPs.
In the previous government, then prime minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pakatan Harapan (PH) to ensure opposition MPs received equal allocation in exchange for their support for Putrajaya’s policies to revive the economy amid the Covid-19 pandemic.