KOTA BHARU, May 17 – Umno information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa has given his first member of Parliament (MP) paycheck to 176 political appointees who lost their jobs after the 14th General Election (GE14) in Ketereh.
Those who received the monetary aid from Annuar include Federal Village Development and Security Committee members (JKKP), Quranic teachers, ‘takmir’ teachers and missionaries (mubaligh).
According to a status update on his Facebook page, Annuar said he is helping them out because they have lost their source of income after they lost their jobs suddenly.
He said some of them have been in service since 1990 with the positions created by the courtesy of then Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“Apart from appealing on their behalf to the government, especially to the person in charge of finance, Lim Guan Eng, what else can I do?
“As a temporary measure, today I made the call to donate the entire sum of my first paycheck eventhough each person will not get that much.
“At least they can spend the money for breaking fast. If anyone else would like to extend a helping hand, they can contact me,” he said, urging those who lost their jobs to be patient, saying that Allah SWT is always with those who are persecuted.
In related development, Annuar is also believed to have written an open appeal letter on behalf of Islamic development officers to Lim, requesting for their termination to be cancelled.
Annuar said he felt the termination was unjust as it comes at a time Muslims are welcoming the first day of Ramadhan today.
He asked for Lim to do something to right the situation.
Meanwhile, Annuar also questioned the timing on the police raid on former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak house in Bukit Tunku in the light of the fasting month.
He said the raid reminds him of how Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who was then Deputy Premier was arrested as humiliated as they were neighbours in Bukit Damansara in Kuala Lumpur.
“Is it business as usual at a time when one tells the injustice and cruelty he suffered for 20 years. History is repeating itself and it could be even turn out to be worse,” Annuar questioned.