Deputy MB surprised by decision
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