Friday, April 27, 2012

MCA And BN PJU Misusing Public Funds For Political Propaganda

MCA and BN Petaling Jaya Utara (MCA) are accused of abusing funds from federal government in an event believed to be sponsored by the federal government recently held in Sri Aman low cost flat on 22nd April 2012.

Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development has a programme named “Majlis Kebajikan dan Pembangunan Masyarakat Kawasan Parlimen” or “MAYANG” which means “Parliamentary Area Welfare and Community Development Council”.

On 22nd April 2012, PJU Mayang conducted a programme in Sri Aman low cost flat which turned out to be a programme for BN political propaganda. 

From the photos ( which are available to me, a number of local BN and MCA leaders attended the programme. They are PJU UMNO Chairman Datuk Ikhwan Salim Sujak, PJU UMNO Women Chairperson Senator Raja Ropiah Raja Abdullah (who is also Selangor UMNO Women Chairperson and was recently appointed as Senator to replace Dato’ Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil) and also MCA Liaison Officer for Kampung Tunku, Mr Kelvin Chong Seng Foo.

The photos also shows that BN flags are put up during the entire event. Not only that, BN also set up a booth to distribute a form named “Borang Permohonan Bantuan Caj Penyelenggaraan Pangsapuri” or “Low Cost Flat Maintenance Charge Subsidies Application Form”.

It is mentioned in the form that BN will provide two-month maintenance charges for each successful applicant. BN’s “dacing” logo was printed on the top left corner of the form. Next to it is a slogan, “Sayangi Selangor Yakini BN” (Love Selangor, Trust BN). The wordings “Mayang Parlimen Petaling Jaya Utara” was printed on the bottom left corner.

First, I would like to question BN leaders, especially Mr. Kelvin Chong Seng Foo, who was at the scene, that if he believes that Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state government in Selangor should not print party logo on banners belong to state government, then what about BN PJU abusing federal funds for political propaganda as in this case?

Second, why BN not being fair to other low cost flat dwellers when the two-month maintenance subsidies is only given to Sri Aman low cost flat and not any other low cost flat residents in DUN Kampung Tunku and Damansara Utama (The programme is organized by Mayang PJU and there are two state seats under PJU, namely Kampung Tunku and Damansara Utama)? Why does this subsidy not provided to other low cost flats in Selangor and other states?

Third, why is it not mentioned in the form the criteria for successful application? Is it a trick for BN to buy votes? Not too long ago, Selangor MCA Public Complaint Bureau Chief Theng Bok criticized Selangor Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, for printing logo of three PR component parties on a state government’s banner to publicize a government event.

I would like to show a similar banner taken down from one of the street to prove that this is the real banner that was put up on the street. A photo was taken by my assistant Poo Chuan Yee before it was taken down to show to the press today as evidence that this is the real banner put up.

What I wish to clarify here is that the state government did make a mistake when it printed parties’ logos on the banner but I believe that the government must have discovered the mistake and immediately printed a sticker to cover the logo before the banners were put up.

I believe the banners that Theng Bok shown to the press earlier are not the real banners finally put up in the street. It could be due to extreme weather that the sticker was pulled put unintentionally or the stickers maybe purposely pulled away by irresponsible people for cheap political publicity, which is a deplorable action to be condemned.

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