KUCHING, June 7: Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDS Baru) Youth has urged the Pakatan Harapan (PH)-led federal government to give equal allocations to all elected representatives at both federal and state levels.
Its chief, Rapelson Richard Hamit, made the call in a statement today in response to a news article about Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announcing that PH Members of Parliament would receive RM500,000 and its state assemblymen RM200,000, while opposition MPs would only get RM200,000 and state assemblymen RM100,000.
In urging Dr Mahathir to reconsider the decision, Hamit said, “PH should not follow the footsteps of Barisan Nasional (BN) in administering the country. It must prove that it is fair to all elected representatives, regardless of whether they are from the ruling or opposition parties.”
Dr Mahathir made the announcement on the allocation yesterday after chairing the third cabinet meeting since the general election. However, another news source had put the figure as RM500,000 for PH MPs and RM100,000 for opposition MPs.
“We will give allocations to them (opposition), but it will be less,” Tun Mahathir told a press conference in Putrajaya.
Hamit argued that the quantum of such allocations should be the same for lawmakers from both sides.
“The ruling government should follow Europe’s mature political system, where even election allocations are given to alternative political parties.
“Do not be like BN and become vengeful. Continue your effort to fight for the people and to ensure their development,” he said. — DayakDaily