Published on: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
THE State Government has spent nearly RM300,000 on medical expenses alone for Klias Assemblyman Datuk Lajim Ukin, who is also opposition leader in the State Assembly.
Lajim admitted this saying his condition required him to get treatment outside the country, but believed it is not a problem to the Government because of his contributions.
"I appreciate the Government for the assistance. I am thankful for this because when I am healthy, I can carry on with my duties as an elected representative," he said, when debating the first Supplementary Supply Bill.
He had earlier raised the need for medical allowances to be extended to all elected representatives, and not only to State Cabinet members.
A similar request was also made by Tamparuli Assemblyman Datuk Wilfred Bumburing.
Chief Minister said the State Government had decided to give consideration to provide health allowances for all 60 elected representatives to get treatment at Sabah Medical Centre (SMC).
He also said the State Government had given special consideration to Lajim to have an unlimited health bill after considering his condition.
"The health bill for Klias Assemblyman has been the most expensive, but the State Government still paid for it out of concernÉthe health bill for all of us has a limit, but for his alone we do not set a limit, we pay no matter how high it is," Musa said.