PETALING JAYA, Apr 21 – Zuraida Kamaruddin wants Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Noh Omar to take a pay cut following a reported federal circular cancelling local government project approvals in parliamentary constituencies not won by Barisan Nasional (BN).
The Ampang MP said yesterday if one were to follow the logic of the directive from Noh’s ministry, his salary should only come from tax collected from BN supporters.
She said the Umno minister should have his salary reduced by 52% because only 48% of voters polled for BN across the country in the 13th General Election in May 2013.
“Does Noh Omar realise how much tax is collected from (opposition-ruled) Penang and Selangor?” she asked, adding that non-BN voters also contributed to his salary by paying tax.
“He does not have the right to revoke any allocation or upgrading project which is meant for all Malaysians, regardless of their political affiliation,” she said in a statement.
On April 19, Malaysiakini reported that a circular dated March 17 from Local Government Department Director-General Abu Bakar Johar had stipulated the directive as covering all projects in the BP1 category which comprises small-scale infrastructure projects.
Abu Bakar had reportedly said the decision was made at a meeting on the implementation of BP1 allocations for 2017 held on March 9, which was attended by Noh together with the mayors and presidents of the city and municipal councils in the country.
Zuraida, who is PKR Wanita chief, claimed Noh was abusing his power and position.
“As a minister for all Malaysians, he has just admitted publicly that he is a minister of BN supporters,” she said.
Earlier today, Bernama quoted Noh as denying there was discrimination and saying the allegation that the projects were cancelled was unfounded.
He said every project that was approved was based on the application of the local authorities and the elected representative of the constituency concerned, as well as the allocation provided by the federal government.