KUALA LUMPUR: Unlike the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) government, the Pakatan Harapan-led federal government does not practice political discrimination, said Zuraida Kamaruddin today.
The Housing and Local Government Minister said PH no longer adopt BN’s approach of disbursing funds through the Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU), an outfit under the Prime Minister’s Department, to the respective state governments.
“This is among the improvements that we have made to ensure funds will be distributed straight to the respective state governments… There is no longer instances of ‘dianaktirikan’ (sidelined) like the (BN’s) time.
‘In Pahang, although the state is run by the opposition, the federal government had never reduced funding for development… Pahang also gets its share, same as other states, ” she told reporters after attending a hi-tea session with villagers in Sungai Koyan here today.
Meanwhile, on plans to build more affordable homes in Pahang, Zuraida said there is a plan to build such homes in the state but the ministry has yet to get the full cooperation from the state government.
“Yes, we want to build more affordable homes in Pahang and have asked for the list of locations to implement the projects but as of today, they have not provided any assistance.
“If they want the government to help, I have to see the location…it also need to adhere to the affordable home policy decided by the federal government.
“How can we build homes (affordable units), in rural areas or deep in the interior… We must not burden the owners by offering homes too far away from their workplaces,” she said.
Zuraida, who is also PKR vice-president, hoped voters would pick the PH candidate in the Cameron Highlands by-election to ensure easier coordination in terms of assistance from the federal government.
The candidates contesting in the by-election are M. Manogaran for Pakatan Harapan, Ramli Md Nor for Barisan Nasional as well as two Independent candidates Sallehudin Ab Talib and Wong Seng Yee.
The Cameron Highlands by-election is the fifth to be called after the 14th General Election (GE14) following a decision by the Election Court to nullify Barisan Nasional candidate, Datuk C. Sivarrajh’s victory.
The court had ruled that during the election, there were elements of bribery involved in a bid to sway voters in the area.
Sivarraajh, who faced a five-corner fight in GE14, won the seat with 10,307 votes, while Manogaran garnered 9,710.
Pas candidate Wan Mahadir Wan Mahmud polled 3,587 votes, Parti Sosialis Malaysia’s (PSM) B Suresh Kumar (680), and Berjasa candidate Mohd Tahir Kassim (81).