YB Wong Chen
Have been busy lately with several matters. We have had a flood of welfare cases every day for the last 2 to 3 weeks. We have now processed somewhere close to 220 welfare cases of which we have spent slightly above RM100,000. This represents a good 50% of my annual allocated budget but this is a drop in the ocean on helping the poor, by my estimate my area has at least 1,000 hardcore poor families and another 10,000 families earning less than RM1,500 a month.
My welfare budget is now closed for the year. The remaining 50% of my budget is for associations and small projects. My office had decided not to spend on any makan events (they cost too much and I cannot stomach the idea of blowing RM 10, 000 in 3 hours).
My office is also busy preparing for our newsletter, which will be out next week. I am also preparing for Parliament, reading up on policy ideas, and also the Thomas Piketty book. Lastly, I have been summoned by the Selangor govt to testify at a hearing on the mining water pond issue.