Posted: 22 Sep 2013 03:40 AM PDT
In a step in the right direction, the Penang state government will allocate RM40000 each to each Umno Adun for small projects from 2014.
But I am not so sure of an earlier move: in July, the state government announced it would appoint officers in each of the 10 BN-held seats in the state. Each officer would be paid RM2500 per month. The role of these coordinators, six of whom lost to BN candidates in GE13, seems to be modelled after the BN coordinators' role in seats which the Pakatan won. These coordinators/officers are unelected; so who do they represent?
In January this year, Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj failed in the Federal Court in a bid to get the government to grant RM1m in special constituency allocations to all MPs – and not just BN MPs.
But Jeyakumar did not consider it a defeat as he had succeeded in highlighting the issue:
Aliran president Dr Francis Loh wrote at that time:
And this is Penang CM Guan Eng's statement today:
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