Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim had better be careful if he wants to treat the incident that involved PKR Kelana Jaya MP Loh Gwo Burne as an internal matter. Anwar Ibrahim is in a precarious situation of having to give DNA and was arrested all because he trusted his aid beyond normal expectancy. If Khalid treats this assault case as an internal dispute, I won’t be surprised if all assistants of PKR politicians will, I dare say, commit various types of irregularities, and as Khalid has set a precedence, use the same argument that it is an internal matter. Assistants must behave like assistants you cannot assault a MP and get away with it. If Khalid had been slapped by another assistant, would he say the offender is young and perhaps wanted to know what happens when he slaps a Mentri Besar. Come on Khalid, you were a CEO and if you had decided on a matter of wrong with a calm remark like ‘internal matter’ you would be laughed at and your position will be ridiculed. Show discipline.
I can see why you perceive this matter light; it involves your political secretary, but sentiments aside, are you doing the right thing. Remember your Mohd Yahya Mat Sahri, another PKR man whom you said had no case to answer, and would have carried on as usual in spite of the using of your letter head and the garbage collecting mystery, if not for the information of the ACA. You cannot play partisan politic in Pakatan Rakyat. A mistake is a mistake and the man must be punished.
Difference of opinion can exist, but it should be verbal. When it comes to fists and this in the presence of the public, the reputation of PKR goes down a few notches.
Sorry to say your philosophy of that it is all right that party members are involved in the field with the people and better understanding is achieved between the leaders and people is just pure bunkum. Take the easy and right way out, punish the Mike Tyson, it will be a lesson for others, and you would have set a good example.
As to the root of the problem, building a place of worship, are you not taking action as somebody has built it without approval from the local authorities. Are you just going to push it under the carpet with your valuable advice, ‘construction of all places of worship must obtain approval from the respective local authorities.’
Two mistakes in a day, and for a Menteri Besar, this may not look good. BN politicians are already at your throat for this incident.
I don’t see much difference from you and Toyo.
MB: ‘It’s an internal dispute’
By EDWARD RAJENDRA
SHAH ALAM: Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has brushed off the incident that involved PKR Kelana Jaya MP Loh Gwo Burne who alleged he was punched in the right eye by a man believed to be the personal assistant of Seri Setia assemblyman Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad from the same party as an internal dispute.
“It’s among the young ones of PKR. We see it as an internal dispute that has been solved between both individuals. Both men have apologised and it’s a neighbourhood issue that will be resolved in an amicable manner with the help of Kelana Jaya division chairman Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud,” he said.
It is learnt that the police report lodged on the incident had been withdrawn.
Khalid said no disciplinary action would be taken on either individual as it was just a difference of opinion.
It is learnt that the alleged incident occurred during the groundbreaking ceremony for a place of worship at Desa Mentari on Friday afternoon where residents living in the area had protested against the construction of the building there.
Loh who was present had approached the organisers to discuss the matter when he was punched in the face by a man believed to be an aide of Nik Nazmi.
Nik Nazmi who is currently in Britain attending his wife’s graduation is the political secretary to Khalid.
Khalid said, “the young ones are eager to do their best for the people, express the people’s views but it has to be done through constructive consultation and must not get physical at any moment of time.”
“One good thing that has come out of this is the high level of transparency, accountability and the presence of the people’s representatives in the neighbourhoods to solve issues,” he said.
Asked how it could be an internal dispute when the incident occurred in public, Khalid once again played the matter down by saying that it was all right as it shows that the party members are very much involved in the field and are with the people.
“Differences of opinion take place but we encourage constructive consultation and views shared. It also fosters a better understanding among the leaders and its people in a particular neighbourhood,” he added.
Khalid said to avoid future misunderstandings; construction of all places of worship must obtain approval from the respective local authorities.
Earlier he officiated the Astronomy Convention at Sirim here where he announced that an observatory centre would be built at Sungai Lang in Sabak Bernam costing an estimated RM2mil to further the study on astronomy.