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Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Minister Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin has been accused of spending a disproportionate amount of ministerial allocations on the Lembah Pantai constituency.
PKR vice-president Tian Chua said that this might be because Raja Nong Chik is widely tipped to be the Umno candidate for the Lembah Pantai seat in the next general election.
“There seems to be misappropriation of funds. I challenge the minister to explain that this is not because he is intending to contest in Lembah Pantai (in the general election).
“Come clean… if it is, then what he did so far… is an abuse of government resources for hispolitical interests,” Tian Chua (right) told a press conference at the PKR headquarters in Petaling Jaya today.
Among others, he said, the minister has been providing assistance of more than RM50,000 weekly to “leaders and organisations close to Umno”.
The money is issued through the Kuala Lumpur City Hall bank accounts.
“This was shown to us by a witness, and we can provide the person’s testimony if need be,” said Fahmi Fadzil, political secretary to PKR Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar.
Raja Nong Chik, who heads the Lembah Pantai Umno and BN divisions, was appointed a senator in 2008.
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