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Malaysia: Wan Azizah criticises Muhyiddin for making federal allocations an issue in poll




KUALA LUMPUR, Sept. 18 — Federal funding for individual states should not be determined by the political decisions of voters, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said when criticising the minister for raising the matter while on the campaign trail.

Earlier today, Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin said in Sabah that the federal could not assist the state its obligation under the Federal Constitution, ostensibly because the state government was from a different party.

Dr Wan Azizah, the immediate former deputy prime minister, criticised Muhyiddin for this and reminded the latter that the prime minister was bound to all of and not only particular states that were politically aligned.

“He should be the prime minister for all states and for all Malaysians, rather than only the prime minister of those states that are governed by the party of the federal government or those who vote for the ruling party,” she said in a statement.

She also stressed that the previous Pakatan Harapan government had treated all states fairly regardless of their politics.

The former DPM also took a veiled swipe when telling the Perikatan Nasional federal government to continue efforts to develop Sabah, one of the country’s poorest states despite being a major source of petroleum resources.

“Don’t demean the people of Sabah who are forced to be creative when trying to access the , simply because of the federal government’s weakness in providing complete infrastructure,” she concluded.

The final statement was in apparent reference to two deputy ministers who falsely accused Sabahan student Veveonah Mosibin of faking a video that she showed herself atop a tree in June as was the only way she could reliably get online to take her tests then.

for the Sabah is on September 26.

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