FOR the past few weeks, several organisations, associations and poor people have come to my office seeking assistance. Most of the assistance they seek is monetary [in nature]. As a ruling party assembly[person], I have the privilege of offering my help by utilising my constituency development fund.
[The use of this] fund [is also what has placed] all Pakatan Rakyat assemblypersons in Selangor under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC)’s investigation.
Before Teoh Beng Hock‘s death, it was reported that recipients of such contributions were [hauled] up by MACC for investigation as “witnesses”. They were repeatedly asked whether they received [anything] or not.
As for suppliers and contractors, they were also called up by the MACC to confirm if they really supplied the items [for an] event or not. Contractors of small engineering projects were also called up to provide details of the jobs they had done for the assemblypersons. Most of those called up by the MACC could not understand why MACC has to repeatedly ask them the same questions.
It seems like receiving help and financial assistance for temples, organisations and poor families from Pakatan Rakyat assemblypersons nowadays is becoming a messy affair for the recipients and the public.
Should we, Pakatan Rakyat assemblypersons, stop the practice temporarily?
Lau Weng San
Selangor DAP Secretary
DAPSY PJU Chief
DAP ADUN for Kampung Tunku