BN rep de­fends Nor­lela af­ter PKR side­lines her

New Straits Times - - News / Story Of The Day -

An Umno law­maker has come to the de­fence of Penanti as­sem­bly­man Dr Nor­lela Arif­fin af­ter her party dis­tanced it­self from her over the il­le­gal car­bon fil­ter fac­tory in Sun­gai Lembu.

Pu­lau Be­tong as­sem­bly­man Datuk Muham­mad Farid Saad said he was shocked by a news re­port that PKR was dis­so­ci­at­ing it­self from Nor­lela af­ter she thanked the Malaysian An­tiCor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) for tak­ing ac­tion against the fac­tory.

“If the re­port is true, it is truly sad be­cause Nor­lela was merely seek­ing jus­tice for her con­stituency. She was per­form­ing her duty as an as­sem­bly­man.

“It is not fair that she is be­ing pe­nalised for thank­ing MACC for tak­ing ac­tion.

“It is an is­sue that she had brought to the state govern­ment’s at­ten­tion two years ago.

“PKR, which claims to be a party fight­ing for jus­tice for ev­ery­one, should sup­port Nor­lela in­stead of sidelin­ing her and scold­ing her for tak­ing the right ac­tion,” he said yes­ter­day.

A news por­tal had quoted Pe­nang PKR chief Datuk Man­sor Oth­man as say­ing that the party would stand with the state govern­ment in the is­sue.

On Fri­day, Nor­lela had posted on Face­book ex­press­ing grat­i­tude to the anti-graft agency for tak­ing ac­tion against the fac­tory.

Farid said PKR had de­cided to stand be­hind the DAP-led state govern­ment and de­fend a state ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lor, who was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by MACC.

“PKR has sup­ported the state govern­ment’s pol­icy, which is risky and can en­dan­ger the safety of peo­ple.

“This is de­spite re­peated com­plaints against the fac­tory.

“How­ever, when Nor­lela cried in the state leg­isla­tive assem­bly over the fact that her mo­tions on the il­le­gal fac­tory were re­jected, both PKR and DAP as­sem­bly­men laughed at her.

“When it was proven that the is­sues Nor­lela was ar­gu­ing about had merit af­ter MACC and sev­eral agen­cies took ac­tion, PKR chose to side­line her.”

Farid said DAP was no dif­fer­ent, with Tan­jung Bun­gah as­sem­bly­man Teh Yee Cheu be­ing asked to apol­o­gise and with­draw his crit­i­cism when­ever he ques­tioned the state govern­ment.

“If DAP and PKR rep­re­sen­ta­tives them­selves are not given a chance to voice out for the peo­ple, it is not sur­pris­ing that the peo­ple and even the me­dia are sued for re­port­ing news that is not favourable to the state govern­ment.”

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