RAJA KAMARUL BAHRIN SHAH BLASTS PAS FOR DISCRIMINATION IN AID DISTRIBUTION AFTER UMNO AND OPPOSITION LEADERS EXPOSE AID BEING DISTRIBUTED ONLY TO PAS MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS.
WHILE the frontline of the nation’s war against the Covid 19 pandemic is further alarmed by the projected shortage of protective equipment in coming weeks, a senseless political psy-war seems to have intensified in the background.
As several opposition members of parliament last week raised the alarm over federal aid packages for their constituents not arriving with similar urgency, consistency or at all compared to those of their counterparts in the ruling coalition, in Terengganu the game seems to have been taken to the next level.
Terengganu AMANAH chief Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad yesterday called out the state government over aid being distributed only to PAS members, echoing state Umno information chief Ahmad Said and former Menteri Besar Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman, also of Umno.
Ahmad Said had earlier exposed findings that aid via the PAS-led state government was being systematically distributed to PAS members and supporters, leaving even those from coalition partners UMNO and Bersatu out, what more those identified as vulnerable and the truly needy.
Raja Kamarul blasted PAS for political-based discrimination at a time when the highly vulnerable section of society were the worst affected by the crisis.
“I raised this issue last week, voicing out the troubles faced by Terengganu citizens who were not among PAS supporters, who did not receive a single form of aid. The Terengganu PAS government responded by stating they had completed the third phase of aid distribution. What is clear is those who do not support PAS, do not receive anything. And this was confirmed yesterday by the Terengganu Umno chief, who also discovered aid was only being distributed to PAS members, a claim supported by another Umno leader Ahmad Razif,” said Raja Kamarul Baharin.
Raja Kamarul further lamented PAS’ lack of empathy and their attitude towards even coalition partners, questioning whether the blockade on aid to Umno supporters was due to the Muafakat Nasional coalition members pressuring PAS for executive council appointments in the state leadership.
“It is very disappointing that the Terengganu state government, led by a party that claims to be Islamic, to practice such discrimination in the distribution of aid to the needy in a state where 97 percent of its citizens are Malay-Muslims,” said Raja Kamarul.
While the situation in Terengganu may be the most extreme example, the rest of the country were not short of similar controversy.
Segambut’s Hannah Yeoh was among a number of opposition MPs who had questioned the lack of federal aid arriving to their constituencies as opposed to those held by Perikatan Nasional representatives.
In a twitter update yesterday, Hannah asked Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rina Harun that exact question.
“Rina Harun, please explain why food items paid for by the federal government are being distributed to PN parties, when many other MPs have not received any. Playing politics during the Covid 19 crisis?” read Hannah’s post, in which she attached screenshots of trucks with aid being received by Umno, PAS, Bersatu and MCA representatives.
PKR president Anwar Ibrahim had also highlighted such occurences following feedback from Pakatan Harapan members of parliament and assemblymen and stated such issues as matters to be resolved through focus on needs-based policies rather than partisan, in calling for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to convene a special parliament sitting to iron out unified measures for the nation in the face of the health and economic crisis.
Sarawak Report has also been exposing some questionable deals going on with aid disbursement in Sarawak.