Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Why Not Malik Kassim??

An opposition assemblyman has called for Abdul Malik Abul Kassim (PKR-Batu Maung) to be made the state’s Deputy Chief Minister I.
Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya (BN-Teluk Bahang) made the call when debating the Yang Di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas’ speech at the state legislative assembly Tuesday.
Dr Hilmi made the suggestion in response to Sim Tze Tzin’s (PKR-Pantai Jerejak) invitation for him to join PKR so that he could participate in discussions with the party’s leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng on a replacement for former DCM I Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin.
“Over my dead body will I ever join a party that is so chaotic,” he said, before questioning why Abdul Malik was not appointed to the position.
“He is capable and hardworking. Why was he not chosen? What has he done wrong? If I were him, I’d quit (the party),” he said.
Abdul Malik has been speculated to be among the possible candidates to replace Mohammad Fairus who resigned from the post on April 8 following corruption investigations.
At this point, Koid Teng Guan (DAP-Sungai Pinang) chided him for raising political issues in the House instead of talking about things that benefit the rakyat (people). Dr Hilmi then suggested that Mohd Hamdan Abdul Rahman (PAS-Permatang Pasir) replace Abdul Malik as the state Religious Affairs Committee chairman.
“Why is PAS not represented in the state exco (executive committee) lineup? This is a suitable portfolio for the party,” he said.

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