Deputy MB sur­prised by de­ci­sion

New Straits Times - - News -

KOTA BARU: Ke­lan­tan gov­ern­ment is sur­prised by PKR’s de­ci­sion for its mem­bers to im­me­di­ately re­sign from their posts in the state’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Deputy Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Ab­dul­lah said the state gov­ern­ment would leave it to the PKR mem­bers to de­cide, adding that no ac­tion would be taken against them if they chose to stay.

“It is PKR’s right to ask its mem­bers to re­sign, but we feel there is no need for them to quit,” he said af­ter the state ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing here yes­ter­day.

PKR pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr Wan Az­izah Wan Is­mail had re­port­edly said her party’s po­lit­i­cal ap­pointees in Ke­lan­tan should step down im­me­di­ately.

She had said the de­ci­sion was con­veyed to the state’s PKR lead­er­ship at the party’s po­lit­i­cal bu­reau meet­ing in Petaling Jaya on Tues­day.

Amar, who is also Pas vi­cepres­i­dent, said there were 75 po­lit­i­cal ap­pointees from PKR in the state, in­clud­ing six par­lia­men­tary and state con­stituency su­per­vi­sors, 39 mu­nic­i­pal and dis­trict coun­cil mem­bers and 14 vil­lage head­men.

On whether PKR’s de­ci­sion was a sig­nal for the three Se­lan­gor Pas ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil mem­bers to give up their posts, he said the party would wait and see.

“We do not have any plans for our exco mem­bers to step down. The sta­tus quo will re­main un­less there is an or­der, or if they are sacked,” he said.

Mean­while, Pas sec­re­tary-gen­eral Datuk Takiyud­din Has­san said the law al­lowed PKR mem­bers to de­cide whether to leave vol­un­tar­ily. He said the state gov­ern­ment, how­ever, had de­cided to re­tain them in their po­si­tions.

“Re­gard­ing the Se­lan­gor exco mem­bers, our view is that they were ap­pointed at the be­hest of the Sul­tan of Se­lan­gor and they will leave only if there is a di­rec­tive.”

Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Ab­dul­lah

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