Perak state Parti Keadilian Rakyat (PKR) has alleged that former BN Perak assemblypersons were getting kickbacks from between 20 and 25 percent for handing out allocations for development projects, donations to associations and religious bodies in their constituencies.
According to PKR state deputy chief Chang Lih Kang (right), said he got wind of the kickbacks when Pakatan Rakyat took control of the state in March 8 last year.
“The practice is to take 20 percent of the amount donated for temples or associations. Say if RM1,000 is donated then RM200 goes into the pockets of these unscrupulous BN assemblypersons.” he alleged.
“When I went to give out allocations for various expenditure in my constituency, the first question I was asked is whether I wanted the 20 percent commission from the allocation,” said Chang.
Another shock awaited him when he paid RM4,000 to a contractor for a job completed.
“When I asked for a receipt for the payment, the contractor asked me if I wanted the amount written in the receipt to be inflated to RM5,000 with RM1,000 as my commission,” said the assemblyperson.
Voters’ trust betrayed
Chang said he told the contractor off and demanded that he make out the receipt for the original amount.
“This shows how unscrupulous BN assemblymen are and take every opportunity to fleece and pocket public funds which is not to say the least, unethical. They have betrayed their voters’ trust,” said Chong.
He was speaking to reporters after five PKR assemblymen made public their accounts to the media, of state allocations for 2008 and 2009 at the Gopeng party branch office this afternoon.
The five are Tai Sing Ng (Kuala Sepatang), state party whip and Simpang Pulai assemblyman Chan Ming Kai, Chang (Teja), Abdul Yunus (Kuala Kurau) and Kesevan (Hutang Melinting).
“We have always advocated transparency in all matters, including those involving public funds and as such we presented our expenditure account for media and public scrutiny,” said Chang.
Chang then threw a challenge to BN assemblypersons to also ” give an account of their expenditure to the public”.
Gerakan chief: Not true
Meanwhile, Perak Gerakan state chief and deputy national president Chang Ko Youn, who is currently in China, denied the allegations made by PKR and said that it was ploy to discredit the state BN.
Ko Youn who had been in the BN state executive council for about three terms, lost the Beruas parliamentary seat to state DAP chief Ngeh Koo Ham in the last general election.
At present he is in Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir ‘s team as a special advisor for Chinese affairs with the rank of executive councillor.