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PM Anwar allegedly given cold treatment by Terengganu state government during visit due to flood aid dispute

NewsPM Anwar allegedly given cold treatment by Terengganu state government during visit...

Although Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim extended an olive branch to Perikatan Nasional (PN)-led states of Kelantan and Terengganu by pledging RM50 million in flood aid, it seems he was still not welcomed by the local leaders.

This came after a dispute over the funds being channelled to the Federal Development Department (JPP) — an agency under the Prime Minister’s Department’s (PMD) Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU) — instead of the state government.

According to Malaysiakini, Anwar’s arrival in Terengganu today (13 January) was neither welcomed by the state government nor by any representatives.

It was reported that the Terengganu Chief Minister Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar is in the state but he was present at an event to distribute flood aid organised by PN in Besut.

Source: Facebook

When asked about the claims of Terengganu being marginalised, Samsuri said the federal government should respect the Federal Constitution.

“I don’t want to comment on the issue of stepchildren but the federal government needs to uphold the 9th Schedule of the Federal Constitution in terms of the jurisdiction of the joint schedule between the central government and the state government,” he was quoted as saying by Berita Harian.

The 9th Schedule of the Federal Constitution outlines the shared responsibility of the federal and state governments, including matters of social assistance.

Samsuri calls for coordination between federal and state government

Samsuri stressed that all discussions and coordination should be done in a respectful manner between the federal and state governments.

“We do not want to play conflict politics, but it’s up to them,” he said.

Meanwhile, Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob said the state government did not receive the RM50 million allocation for flood aid announced by the Prime Minister.

“The prime minister recently announced an allocation of RM50 million each to Kelantan and Terengganu to help the two states which were affected by the floods.”

“I was informed that the allocation is now with the JPP. We do not know how the JPP will be disbursing the aid to the people in Kelantan,” he said.

In a Facebook, Anwar said he would meet the leaders in Terengganu after the negative emotions have toned down. He added that his visit to the state is not to insult anybody but for the people’s benefit.

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