MORE than RM2.6 million has been allocated to Penggerak Komuniti Tempatan (PeKT), the civil society group linked to Bersatu, for four months of work in the opposition-governed states of Selangor, Penang and Negri Sembilan.
Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said PeKT personnel were appointed among community activists to conduct programmes to benefit the locals.
She added PeKT’s functions were to disseminate government information, unite the local community, monitor and drive local community issues, and gather feedback for government programmes.
“A sum of RM2,663,020 has been allocated to PeKT for September to December 2020,” the Ampang MP said today in a written reply to Wong Kah Won (Ipoh Timur-PH) in Dewan Rakyat.
“PeKT is present in three states only – Selangor, Penang and Negri Sembilan – covering 46 local councils.
Wong had wished to know more about PeKT’s functions, its staff force and how much it cost.
Zuraida said PeKT appointees were not civil servants. She did not explain why they were not deployed in Perikatan states.
Bersatu Selangor chief Abdul Rashid Asari told The Malaysian Insight yesterday that PeKT served as PN’s link to the local communities in opposition-held states.
He said the government had allocated RM8.6 million to the activists, who would each be paid a monthly allowance of RM2,000.
Opposition leaders have criticised the move as an attempt to use public funds to drum up support.
THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT