DAP draft­ing code of ethics for reps

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GEORGE TOWN: DAP is draft­ing a code of ethics to en­sure its as­sem­bly­men and mem­bers of par­lia­ment dis­charge their du­ties pro­fes­sion­ally.

DAP vice-chair­man Chow Kon Yeow said the code of ethics must be ad­hered to by elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“It will serve as a guide­line on how elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives carry out their du­ties.

“When we are in the govern­ment, there are things we can­not do, like us­ing govern­ment re­sources for the party,” he said at the state-level Na­tional Sports Day here yes­ter­day.

Chow, how­ever, did not say when the code of ethics would be com­pleted.

He was com­ment­ing on an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing DAP’s Pengkalan Batu as­sem­bly­man Norhizam Has­san Bak­tee, who was em­broiled in a shout­ing match with vil­lagers of Kam­pung Pulau Ni­bong on Tues­day.

Chow said elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives must “keep their cool” when fac­ing con­fronta­tions.

Chow, who is Pe­nang chief min­is­ter, said he faced sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions dur­ing town­hall ses­sions and pub­lic fo­rums in the state.

“As chief min­is­ter, I have to be pa­tient for three to four hours.

“We must con­trol our emo­tions.

“Oth­er­wise, we will be the vic­tims of our own emo­tions.”

He said the party would not take ac­tion against Norhizam as he had is­sued an apol­ogy.

Some 60,000 Pe­nan­gites joined the Na­tional Sports Day here.

Present were State Sec­re­tary Datuk Seri Farizan Darus and Youth and Sports Com­mit­tee chair­man Soon Lip Chee.

PIC BY SHAHNAZ FAZLIE SHAHRIZAL

Pe­nang Chief Min­is­ter Chow Kon Yeow (sec­ond from right) flag­ging run­ners off at the state-level Na­tional Sports Day in Batu Uban yes­ter­day.

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