In response to Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong’s debate, Muara Tuang assemblyman Datuk Idris Buang has agreed that the state should give opposition assemblymen allocations as well.
Speaking to reporters after giving his debate today, Idris opined that by giving allocations to opposition assemblymen, the state will be performing a gesture of goodwill.
This was because people from constituencies under the opposition are also Sarawakians, regardless if they are voters or not and they should be given access to development too.
“The government should put aside their political differences when it comes to helping the people. I believe that the state government will always put the people first before anything, which is why I think that allocations should also be given to opposition constituencies,” he added.
Apart from that, he also suggested that each constituency should be given an allocation of around RM300,000 to RM500,000 a year, which he felt was an acceptable amount.
Debating the motion of appreciation to Yang di-Pertua Negeri’s address at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN), Yong lamented that opposition assemblymen were never given an allocation by the state government, despite the state government announcing in the media recently that they would do so.
Yong also commented that since Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) MPs were given an allocation by the federal government, it was “only the right thing to do” for the GPS-controlled Sarawak government to do the same for opposition assemblymen in the state.