FOOD baskets in aid of vulnerable families in opposition held constituencies are still missing as Segambut member of Parliament Hannah Yeoh again vented her frustrations, calling for answers from Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Rina Harun.
Answers not forthcoming, Hannah again took to social media to chase after answers from Rina, whose only reply thus far has been a denial that there was a blockade on aid to opposition held constituencies.
“Minister Rina Harun still hasn’t answered where the food baskets from the Finance Ministry for each parliamentary constituency have disappeared,” Hannah wrote.
“Is it true that those food baskets were given to Perikatan Nasional division heads to be distributed? Sorry about having to use social media to ask this question because the Parliament session next month does not provide a question and answers session,” she added.
Hannah was pointing to the recent circular from the Dewan Rakyat to all MPs notifying them of a parliament session convened on May 18. However, the session being for only one day and with no questions and answers allowed, has raised quite a few eyebrows as embattled Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin seeks to consolidate and sustain power.
“The minister can’t just deny that the food baskets did not reach the constituencies of opposition MPs. Present the full distribution list of the food aid. Do not play politics with the Covid 19 welfare aid. There are hungry families waiting,” said Hannah.
She attached a graphic of the updated list which showed constituencies which had not received the aid.
Hannah, the former deputy minister in Rina’s current ministry, had been pursuing the matter since first highlighting it two weeks ago. Many opposition MPs and assemblymen have also voiced similar concerns.