Former law minister says federal funds for Opposition MPs who back government ‘not an offence,’ same as during Ismail Sabri’s time
The government’s move to provide development funds to Perikatan Nasional (PN) MPs who support Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s administration was not an act of bribery or corruption, said Senate President Tan Sri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.
(MMO) – The former law minister also said there was precedent from the administration of former prime minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, which had given funds to Pakatan Harapan (PH) MPs after they signed a confidence-and-supply agreement (CSA) with his government.
“The main reason the government is giving allocation to opposition MPs who support the prime minister is to let them provide various types of aid and to further the socio-economic development of their constituencies.”
Wan Junaidi said the CSA was reached in order to ensure the smooth function of the government at the time.
The former minister also said that such an arrangement was not unique in Malaysia, and has been practised in other democracies such as the UK.