By Annabelle Lee

If Selangor Umno had appointed an opposition leader in the state, it could have investigated the Skim Mesra Usia Emas (SMUE) instead of Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Md Yunos staging protests.

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This was pointed out by Selangor DAP Wanita chief Hannah Yeoh, who advised Jamal to get his party to appoint a leader.

“Rather than misplacing his energy by staging protests, Jamal should advise Selangor Umno to name an opposition leader,” the Selangor state assembly speaker told a press conference in Damansara Utama today.

Yeoh (right in photo) was accompanied by Damansara Utama state assemblyperson Yeo Bee Yin, who invited the media to scrutinise her files on the disbursement of the SMUE in her constituency, after Jamal accused her of misappropriation.

Last month, Jamal brought several hearses to the Selangor state secretariat building to protest alleged misappropriation of SMUE funds.

SMUE is an initiative by the Selangor government, which provides cash aid to families who have had a death in the family.

Applications are to be made to their elected representative who will provide them with RM1,000 in emergency funds for funeral arrangements while the remaining RM1,500 must be claimed from the district officer.

Under Yeoh’s leadership, the Selangor state assembly amended its rules where the opposition leader would be granted the position of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairperson.

This would allow the opposition leader to steer the PAC in investigating the state government to ensure accountability.

However, then opposition leader Mohd Shamsudin Lias, who is Umno’s Sungai Burong state assemblyperson, refused to take up the post.

He subsequently resigned as opposition leader when Yeoh said Shamsudin didn’t have a choice as the PAC chairperson came together with the position of opposition leader.

The Selangor opposition has been without a leader for more than two years now.