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Don’t misuse ratepayers’ money, Wanita Gerakan Press statement by Wanita Gerakan deputy chief Ng Siew Lai

Wanita Gerakan wants the Selangor State Government to investigate whether the presidents of municipal councils in the state are entitled to “special’ home guards for their presidents and their salaries or allowances are paid by the councils.

Wanita Gerakan deputy chief Ng Siew Lai said the provision of “special” home guards for the president of the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) is “shocking”. 

Ng said the case, as highlighted in the Sun newspaper today, is of public interest because ratepayers’ money is involved.

Ng questioned whether the state government was aware that the MPSJ enforcement team was providing the service to its council president and that the team was being paid to do the job.

“We find it outrageous and unacceptable that ratepayers’ money has been used to provide security for a private home. Surely, the money can be used for more useful purposes for the people,” she said in a statement.

Ng said for transparency and accountability, the findings of the probe should be made public. 

“The state government and the local authorities owe the rate payers and explain,” she added.

In the Sun report, it was stated that the MPSJ president enjoyed a rare privilege only accorded to cabinet ministers. The report said the home guards’ salaries and overtime were paid by MPSJ.