Don't expect state's funding, Chan tells Federal-aligned MPs
Published on: Friday, April 24, 2020
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Kota Kinabalu: Democratic Action Party (DAP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Kota Kinabalu Chan Foong Hin (pic) on Thursday said MPs aligned to the Federal Government will be receiving federal funding and grants and should not expect what the State Government is providing Warisan-plus MPs.

 “They should be asking the PN (Perikatan Nasional) Federal Government the same question – why have they not given Pakatan Harapan, Upko and Warisan MPs equal treatment and funding to help the people? 

 “PN federal government control more resources. 

“There is no need for the Sabah Government to provide grants to the 15 MPs if it was not the PN federal government that victimised PH and Warisan MPs and froze their federal allocations in the first place,” he said.

 He was responding why the State Government had provided grants to only 15 MPs from the same coalition as Warisan but not all other Sabah MPs since the money was coming from tax payers.

 Chan also stressed that distribution of food aid in Sabah is led by the State Government which has 60 UPPM offices in Sabah to distribute food aid packages to people in all districts that have been hit by the pandemic. 

Thus far, he said the three UPPM offices in Kota Kinabalu have reached the third phase of food aid distribution and therefore, MPs are in a position to assist the state assemblypersons in the distribution of food aid.

 “I will continue to provide food aid to the people under my parliamentary constituency under the following conditions. Firstly, Assemblymen through UPPM will continue to be the main force in the distribution of food aid. 

 “Secondly, there has to be a request from households in dire need of assistance. 

 “Thirdly, I will coordinate with the respective UPPM to ensure no overlapping requests. Under these three conditions, my MP office will assist fellow citizens that are in need assistance and to face this difficult period together,” he said.

He claimed his MP’s office distributed more than 500 food aid packages to the poor and needy in his parliamentary constituency to date.

Chan said that his office had coordinated with the Community Development Leaders Unit (UPPM) offices attached to three state constituencies under his parliamentary constituency namely Api-Api, Likas and Luyang prior to distributing food aid packages to underprivileged households. 

So far, he claimed his office spent more than RM50,000 and the funds came from the State Government’s allocation to MPs which was duly received by his office on Monday.

 “My team have distributed food aid packages to 200 households in Kg Monggorok, Likas and various places in Luyang, and also at Kg Bukit Bendera here.

“We have handed over 1,000 packets of rice to City Hall to be distributed among their frontline personnel, including enforcement team, cleaners, sterilizing workers at markets and the ones who involved in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic that are not high-paying nor high-ranking officials. 

“According to the Mayor, these workers are daily earners of a mere RM44 per day. It is my intention to give a little reward and recognise the labour of these workers,” he said in statement.


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