BN rep defends Norlela after PKR sidelines her
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.”