Jun 19, 2008 By RASLAN BAHAROM
STATE assemblymen from Pakatan Rakyat in Perak may be enjoying various privileges, including funds to help out their constituents as they are now part of the ruling coalition, but this is not the case for the MPs.
Frustrated by the absence of such an allocation, Bukit Gantang MP Roslan Shahrum from PAS decided to set up a special fund, known as Tabung Prihatin Parlimen Bukit Gantang (Bukit Gantang Parliamentary Caring Fund).
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin launched the fund at a gathering held in Taman Kota Jaya in Simpang, Taiping, to mark his one-day working visit to the district recently.
Roslan said MPs would normally get an allocation of RM750,000 annually.
Fundraising drive: Mohammad Nizar waving to the crowd after launching the fund as Roslan (centre) looks on.
“For obvious reasons, I am not getting any allocation but I am told that the money would be given via the Jawatankuasa Keselamatan dan Kemajuan Kampung Persekutuan, or JKKP, which is under the purview of the Rural and Regional Develop-ment Ministry,” he told the gathering.
“Hence, there is a need to set up this fund.
“Apart from those who could not afford to fork out the fees to send their children for higher education, I have also come across many hardcore poor families who need help since I became MP,” added Roslan.
After Nizar slotted some cash into one of the donation boxes, volunteers went around the crowd to collect donations and by midnight, more than RM1,000 was raised.
Proceeds from a stall offering cendol makkal sakthi (people’s power) and laksa kai kar (reformation) also went to the fund.