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PPBM’s Rashid cheered for demanding govt projects to help party chiefs

Former EC chief Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman gets rousing applause after he demanded the government to help PPBM division chiefs. (Bernama pic)
PETALING JAYA: PPBM vice-president Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman has come to the defence of delegates at its general assembly who called for government resources to help the party.
The former Election Commission chief said PPBM must do all it could to win elections “by hook or by crook”.
“Looking at the situation now, we cannot defend our position as the governing party because the division chiefs are being left out,” he said in his winding-up speech to rousing applause from delegates.
“I am lucky that the prime minister gave me a job with a big salary so that I can support my division,” said Rashid.
Earlier, PPBM Youth chief Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman warned party leaders against requesting government contracts and positions, saying they could be considered as corruption.
Rashid, who is heading a government committee on electoral reforms, said PPBM division heads should be given opportunities in order to fund party activities.
He said it was “stupid” to think that party leaders should not get help from the government.
“In elections, we must win by hook or by crook,” he said.
In his speech, Rashid also urged the government to restore the previous way of appointing village chiefs as well as to bring back the Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK), which was abolished by the government in May.
JKKK was largely seen as politically charged, with Umno being accused of using the committee to ensure its influence in rural areas.
But Rashid said “government people” must occupy these positions.
“All development projects should be channelled to these committees and the division chiefs must benefit,” he said. - FMT

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