Bazaar Ramadan scandal proves Pakatan has no intention of reducing cost of living

TTF: Yesterday, DBKL’s Licensing and Petty Traders Development Department director Anwar Mohd Zain told reporters that he was forced to approve an application for bazaar lots from a PPBM youth leader, Mohd Noorhisyam Abd Karim. According to Anwar, DBKL was forced to give in to Noorhisyam’s demands after the latter produced a letter of support from DAP Member of Parliament (MP) Fong Kui Lan. Fong has since admitted to writing the letter.

But here’s the thing – did the DAP not go to town with stories of how Barisan National MPs used to issue letters of support to give unfair advantages to their cronies? Pakatan Harapan is just 37 days into governance, and already, we’re hearing of how one leader abused his position to help another make a fast buck. According to Free Malaysia Today (FMT), Noorhisyam rented out the lots for as high as RM5,000 a lot, meaning, the people would ultimately have had to pay much higher for the food they bought.

Question is, will the MACC now investigate this?

Did it not occur to Fong that the higher the rental, the higher would be the price traders would sell their food to cover costs? Did Fong not think of the people when he chose to write the letter of support? Imagine this happening all over the country – is this how Pakatan Harapan plans to alleviate the burden of the rakyat due to the high cost of living?

KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun today admitted writing a letter to City Hall (DBKL) to support the application of a Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) Youth member at the centre of controversial corruption claim concerning the rental of Ramadan bazaar stalls here.

However, the veteran lawmaker, who is also DAP treasurer, denied that he had received any monetary benefit from additional charges allegedly collected from stall traders in the Masjid India area as “rental” by his Pakatan Harapan (PH) colleague, who has been named as Mohd Noorhisyam Abd Karim.

“On June 5, Mohd Noorhisyam asked me for help to issue a letter of support with the intention to help traders who failed to get a licence from DBKL so they could set up shop at Jalan Masjid India during Ramadan.

“I issued the support letter on the condition that no rental charges be imposed by anyone other than DBKL,” he said in a statement.

Source: Malaysian Digest

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