Opposition’s boasting about its donation of A4 paper to some schools is merely to deceive public, says activist

JOHOR BARU: A BN-friendly non-governmental organisation today slammed the opposition bloc for trying to draw an image that schools in Johor were not given due attention by the ruling coalition.

According to Persatuan Pemikir Muda Johor’s activist Fikri Allaudin, Johor Health, Environment, Education and Information Committee chairman Ayub Rahmat has strived to ensure that all government schools are taken care of.

Fikri added that the opposition’s act to boast about its donation of a box of A4 paper to a couple of schools in the Tenggara parliamentary constituency is merely to deceive the public.

“The people can actually realise and evaluate for themselves each and every accusation directed at the state government, as the reality, back up with facts, the state is well managed.

“Furthermore, there are also statesmen from the ruling coalition, PIBG, NGOs that contribute personally to schools, but they have never publicised it like how the opposition did. Contributing one box of paper but make it (look) like they give a lorry filled with A4 papers.

“Is a box of A4 paper the best the opposition could offer?” asked Fikri.

Fikri also advised Amanah central committee member and Persatuan Anak Peneroka Felda Kebangsaan (Anak) president Mazlan Aliman to stop politicking.

Pakatan Harapan, the federal opposition bloc, has identified Johor as its frontline state and is looking to wrestle it from BN.

Last Tuesday, Ayub ordered schools in Johor not to accept donations made by the opposition to prevent the opposition bloc from politicising the matter.

According to Ayub, the opposition party snapped photos of the donation being received by the schools to manipulate it without the school’s knowledge.

Anak, in a statement yesterday, criticised Ayub’s orders, telling Ayub to celebrate any parties’  contribution towards education.

Mazlan also urged the government to investigate claims that schools suffered paper shortage.

“Requests (for paper) were made to parents and printing shops from last year. Even recycled paper was requested from the printing factory,” the Amanah man said in a statement.