Revoking aid to disabled is ‘illegal’

Joseph Tawie | March 6, 2012
Free Malaysia Today

An assistant minister’s order to revoke aid to a disabled man in Sarawak because he supports the opposition contravenes the federal constitution.

KUCHING: A minister in Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s cabinet may have landed himself in hot soup after it was revealed that he had instructed two departments to revoke government extended subsidiaries and welfare aid to a disabled man who had supported an opposition candidate.

Sarawak DAP, which lodged a police report against Assistant Minister of Agriculture (Research and Marketing) Mong Dagang last Friday, said the minister has contravened the law.

Mong had allegedly directed, through a letter, the Assistant Director of Agriculture in Sri Aman to cease all forms of subsidies to Frusis Lebi.

Party secretary Chong Chieng Jen said DAP want the police to investigate Mong for his ‘heinous crime’.

“This is a heinous crime, and what Mong has done is a contravention of the federal constitution which clearly provides that all citizens have basic right of association.

“This is a clear case of discrimination based on a person’s political affiliation. Discrimination is a contravention of the law.

“We want the police to take an immediate action,” said Chong.

Mong had allegedly issued the instruction to stop immediately all forms of agricultural subsidies to Lebi as he had openly supported an opposition candidate in the last state election.

Mong had said that Lebi had also allegedly flown the opposition flag and allowed his house to be as an operation room in the 2011 state election.

Following Mong’s letter, all forms of subsidies including Lebi’s welfare allowance were stopped from October last year.

Silent Mong

Chong, who is also Kota Sentosa assemblyman, said DAP will lodge a complaint with the Human Rights Malaysia (Suhakam) over the matter.

“This is something inhumane done by a BN Assistant Minister. What more to say on top of the letter there is a 1Malaysia logo.

“So much for being a a caring government,” he said.

Chong added that the party would also, if needed, make a formal report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

Reacting to Mong’s silence over media reports of his action, Chong said: “We are totally disgusted by the lack of response from Mong.

“He has made no comment over the issue. He tried to hide over this matter. This is something inhumane,” he said adding that he will raise the matter in parliament next week.

Chong said, Najib Tun Razak as the Prime Minister who is flogging the 1Malaysia spirit must answer for this uncaring act by Mong.

Najib must answer

Chong has also demanded that Mong, who is the youth chief in BN-Parti Rakyat Sarawak, explain his actions.

“I call on Mong to give a satisfactory explanation failing which he should resign, because a person of that nature is unfit in my opinion to hold office of assistant minister.

“Even to hold office as an elected representative, he is not only unfit as he discriminated against one of his constituents, but also has no compassion for a person who needs help from the government.

“He has total lack of understanding on the principle of democracy because by supporting the opposition, Frusis (Lebi) is not against government policy. He is only against BN.

“It appears that the BN policy is ‘BN first and people second’ and this is against 1Malaysia: People first performance now,” Chong said

  1. #1 by sheriff singh on Tuesday, 6 March 2012 - 4:58 pm

    This is why Tun M and Muhyiddin said they do not understand what the 1Malaysia concept is all about. It is just another empty slogan.

  2. #2 by sheriff singh on Tuesday, 6 March 2012 - 5:40 pm

    It is not only ‘illegal’. It is also immoral, unethical and goes against every standard and norm of human decency.

  3. #3 by chinkimwah on Tuesday, 6 March 2012 - 8:24 pm

    Shame on you Assistant Minister! you are not fit to be in the government. You cannot differentiate politics and government and a person’s right to association and to vote.

  4. #4 by cskok8 on Tuesday, 6 March 2012 - 9:52 pm

    This moron thinks that govt money is BN’s money. They have been in power too long and treating the govt’s money as their personal piggy bank.

  5. #5 by Jeffrey on Tuesday, 6 March 2012 - 10:47 pm

    ///An assistant minister’s order to revoke aid to a disabled man in Sarawak because he supports the opposition contravenes the federal constitution.///

    The problem is that the assistant minister interpreted too literally Ah Jib Gor’s “You help me, I help you” to attract the corollary of “you no help me, I no help you”!

  6. #6 by Kampong Orang on Tuesday, 6 March 2012 - 10:53 pm

    Since the UMNO and Perkasa do not like Chinese and Indians, they do everything to discriminate/marginalise Chinese and Indians: least funding of schools, discriminate them in every aspects, no approval of permanent residency state for foreign waves, etc.

    So, why not give a state for them to form their own country like Singapore? Why not give Penang (no resources) plus south Kedah or/and north Perak to them?

    UMNO would have no problem then to use racial base quota, e.g., for university intake, etc.

    In this way, there would be least and almost no racial base problem, dilemmas, issues, etc.

  7. #7 by rockdaboat on Wednesday, 7 March 2012 - 12:19 am

    I thought the Ramli burger seller was the most stupid Minister of our days. It looks like this one is 1000 times more moronic!!!

    I really can’t help but want to spit on his face!!!

  8. #8 by SENGLANG on Wednesday, 7 March 2012 - 7:16 am


  9. #9 by rockdaboat on Thursday, 8 March 2012 - 4:24 pm

    Kek kek kek kek kek,

    So this is the self-proclaimed man of principle???????

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