I read what the Star had said about this incident, and the reply given by Khalid the Mentri Besar. Obviously Star failed to mention the following,
- It was a dispute about a place of worship, nothing about a surau was mentioned.
- No one is sure who originated the construction
- There was no permit
- The residents wanted a children’s playground and not another surau
- The name of the assailant is Azam
- The project is put on hold for further consultation with the people
I don’t see why Star must be paranoid not to report the issue as it stood. In any case the matter will come out and even if it is about a surau, what is wrong in people knowing about it. Somebody has done ground breaking ceremony without proper permit, it is wrong whether it is a surau, temple or church. The people were not happy, why was not something done to talk to them, rather than proceed with the ground breaking – is it because PKR is involved and there would be no problem. Did not the previous Mentri Besar did all these without worry about the welfare of the people.
Any way my posting reads as follows. The Star report is at http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/7/19/nation/20080719143447&sec=nation
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.