Muda’s sole representative in Johor has come under fire for attempting to crowdfund assistance for fire victims in Ulu Tebrau, with social media users questioning her knowledge of how to carry out her duties as an assemblyman just weeks after her election in the state polls.
Puteri Wangsa assemblyman Amira Aisya Abdul Aziz had uploaded a video on Twitter yesterday calling for public donations as a response to the fire which destroyed five shop houses in Felda Ulu Tebrau on Friday.
This sparked a barrage of criticism from internet users who disagreed with her move.
“You’re an assemblyman now and you still want to ask for funds? What happened to the state government’s money?” Twitter user @azizanhariz said.
“Are you an assemblyman or an NGO?”
Amira was also criticised for being late to arrive on the scene, with Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar visiting the site before she did.
Sultan Ibrahim had also said that he would finance the cost of rebuilding the shops through the Sultan Ibrahim Johor Foundation.
Social media users said Amira appeared still caught up with Muda’s strategy for raising funds before her victory in Puteri Wangsa in the March 12 election.
They also compared her to a reporter, saying she had only provided updates on the victims’ situation.
“Like a journalist, but an ordinary one,” said @fotofadh. “Isn’t it great being a YB?”
Muda had been a strong critic of the government’s disaster management during the massive floods which swept across several states late last year.
Amira herself had reprimanded MCA’s candidate for the Puteri Wangsa seat, Ng Yew Aik, who said that the constituents were still looking for her even though she had lost the election.
“If you have complaints and Ng is not comfortable receiving them, channel them directly to my office,” she had said in a Facebook post.
“At the moment we are still looking for a permanent office, but our operations room is still open as usual.”
Amira was the only candidate from Muda to win a state seat at the Johor election, obtaining a majority of more than 7,000 votes in a six-way contest.