Dr M Says Controversial Call Made by Bersatu V-P was His Own View

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Government need not heed Bersatu veep’s view when he called on Putrajaya to bring back the JPP to disburse goodies to party loyalists.

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) vice-president Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Ab Rahman was merely expressing his own view when he called for the government to reinstate the Federal Development Department (JPP) for the benefit of the party during the party’s second annual general meeting (AGM), which concluded recently.

Prime Minister and Bersatu chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the present Pakatan Harapan administration will not return to the practice adopted by the previous Barisan Nasional regime, which abused JPP and gave away government contracts and tenders to unqualified quarters that subsequently burdened the rakyat.

“That was his own view and he has the right to voice it. However, it does not mean that the party will follow his views.

“The current government will never resort to the practice of our predecessor, which gave (contracts of) projects to their friends.

“The PH government will only award contracts via open tender. Anyone with capabilities and resources can bid for the tender.

“Qualified bidders regardless of their political affiliation will get the tender for the project,” Mahathir, who is also Langkawi member of parliament, said after attended the Back to School programme at SMK Kedawang in Langkawi this morning.

In his speech during the Bersatu’s AGM on Sunday, Abdul Rashid called for the functions of JPP to be reinstated for the benefit of the party’s division and branch chiefs nationwide.

Abdul Rashid, who is also the Federal Government’s Election Reform Committee chairman, said the leaders would be able to secure more projects, with the funds going back to their respective communities.

Dr Mahathir, when asked on the criticism from PH leaders against Abdul Rashid, said all leaders and quarters are entitled to their own opinions since Malaysia upholds democratic principle.

He said it did not mean that the PH government would heed the call, which had appeared to go down well with the delegates at the recent second annual general assembly.

“We are living in a democratic country and we cannot simply shut the mouth of other or block the views of the people.

“There are times people will sing praises, there are also occasions they will criticise us. We cannot expect to be praised all the time,” he said.

Earlier report: 31 Dec, Bersih Condemns Rashid, Reminds PPBM of 5-Year ‘Contract’ to Serve