Several Members of Parliament from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) and Democratic Action Party (DAP) have found common ground.
They have defended the practice of sticking party logos and portraits of politicians onto aid packages.
They deny that it is a cheap stunt to claim credit and political mileage from aid packs that are funded by taxpayers.
Bersatu’s Redzuan Yusof who is MP for Alor Gajah and a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said, it was fair for politicians to use their photos on aid packages.
“The reality is that many people measure the performance of the government, political parties and MPs by the aid they deliver.”
“So I feel it is fair if they want to use their logos or pictures.”
Redzuan who joined Prime Minister Tan Sri Mahiaddin Md. Yasin during the Sheraton Move added, it was not a big issue since the use of photos to accompany donations was practised by politicians on both sides of the political divide.
On the Opposition bench, DAP’s Kepong MP, Lim Lip Eng also said he had no problem with the practice.
“Most corporate social responsibility programmes by private companies and charity programmes by NGOs in the world are doing this.”
“It’s also a matter of accountability because people would know which politicians have done what in their constituencies, and have given what items to their constituents.”
DAP’s Kota Kinabalu MP, Chan Foong Hin meanwhile, said he was not seeking cheap publicity for himself or his party by sticking DAP stickers on aid packs.
With regards to photos of him plastering DAP’s logos on nasi lemak packs, Chan’s excuse was food safety.
“Food safety is an issue. Would you dare eat nasi lemak if you do not know where it’s from or if someone suddenly hands it over to you?”
“If you get food poisoning, who would you blame?”
Chan also said that politicians could not do their work without publicity.
For the record, all Members of Parliament, including those from the Opposition have been allocated RM300,000 by the Federal Government.
The allocation which was announced in June 2021, allows all 220 MPs across the country to fund food aid activities.
Apart from the recently announced RM300,000, Opposition MPs early this year also received RM100,000.
Segambut MP, Hannah Yeoh in February 2021 said that the RM100,000 can be applied from the Implementation and Coordination Unit (ICU) under the Prime Minister’s Department, to fund constituency activities.