THE Selangor government has reinstated the frozen allocations for the Kelana Jaya constituency, MP Wong Chen said, announcing that his office will revive its “Bulan Kebajikan” welfare programme, starting next week.
The news comes two months after Selangor froze his Mesra Rakyat spending in June while the state’s audit process was under way. The audit report was published on June 9.
“My officers have received a letter saying that our community spending has been cleared and reinstated. In other words, after further investigation and having taken into account my explanations, the Selangor government has decided to lift our community spending freeze.
“We feel vindicated on this matter,” he said in a statement today.
He has instructed his staff to call and inform all community leaders in his constituency about the matter.
Wong made public his grouses about the state’s audit process and the findings on his office’s community spending, claiming the audit was conducted “without due process” and six of its conclusions were “wrong, baseless and trivial”.
He said the freeze resulted in the termination of the welfare programme.
Wong said the welfare programme has been in existence since he took office and that most of the RM250,000 allocated to a Selangor MP went to his constituents because an overwhelming number of them were the hardcore urban poor.
According to Wong, the audit report did not recommend the freezing of his community spending. Instead, it proposed two minor recommendations instructing his office to prepare an annual community spending plan in advance and to spend more on “projek kecil”.