KENINGAU: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup reminded the people to respect the laws and not create any speculation that may affect the harmony and security of the country.
“Whatever has been decided by the Court of Appeal against the sodomy case of PKR de facto leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim should be respected,” he said when asked to comment on the decision by the Court of Appeal against the sentence meted out to Anwar.
He said, let the authorities carry out their duties without any interference from non-responsible parties.
Kurup said, irresponsible parties need to think the rationalism on this case as it was tried by the judges, jurors and lawyers in a transparent and fair manner without individual interests related.
“I think the case has not disturbed the unity existing in the country as well as the preparation for the Kajang by-election that will take place on March 23,” he told reporters after launching the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M ) 3.0 distribution at Sook community hall here yesterday.
He told the people that the matter should be submitted to the authorities to solve and not give a negative impression of the case.
Earlier in his speech, Kurup, who is also Pensiangan Member of Parliament reminded BR1M recipients to be wise, prudent and thrifty in spending the assistance provided to buy daily necessities.
He said that the aid and assistance was not just a government initiative to provide assistance to low-income people but also goes to prove the sincerity of the government in ensuring that the people are living comfortably.
“The increase of BR1M payments from RM500 to RM650 is a good move from the government to help people overcome the pain of the rising cost of living.
“The Government will continue to fulfill its promises in the last general election manifesto including that of adding the BR1M incentive value to RM1,200 in the future,” said Kurup.
At the event, a total of 4,766 recipients from Pensiangan constituency consisting of senior citizen, singles and heads of households earning below RM3,000 and RM4,000 received their assistance.
Also present were Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister and Sook Assemblyman, Datuk Ellron Alfred Angin; Assistant Minister of Infrastructure Development and Nabawan Assemblyman, Datuk Bobbey Ahfang Suan; Nabawan District Officer, Fredian Gan; Sook Assistant District Officer, Primus Takom and Pensiangan Umno Deputy Chief, Wednes Abie Gamboi.