Wednesday, March 4, 2015

PKR asks Adenan to review ban on its leaders from peninsula

Posted on March 4, 2015, Wednesday

Adenan (fourth right) presenting a book on the development of Sarawak to Azmin during the courtesy call, as (from left)
Dr Daroyah, Amirudin, Baru, Jabu, Awang Tengah and Abdullah look on.
KUCHING: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) has requested Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem to review the state’s decision of barring a few of its leaders from entering the state.

PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali conveyed this request to Adenan on behalf of the party when he made a courtesy call on the chief minister at his office at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here yesterday.

“I stressed (to the chief minister) that while we respect the state’s right to bar anyone from entering the state, but under the discretion of the chief minister, I asked him to look into this matter,” he told reporters when met after the courtesy call.
PKR leaders barred from entering the state are Zuraida Kamaruddin, Rafizi Ramli, Tian Chua and Datuk Saifuddin Nasution.

Azmin, who was on his first official visit to the state as Selangor Menteri Besar, stated that the party was willing to find ways to resolve the issue, though he stressed that they must be given opportunity to enter the state because they were members of a legitimate political party.

Although he said PKR respected the 18-point Malaysia Agreement, he still sought the discretion of the chief minister to consider his request. The Malaysia Agreement – which incorporated 20 points for Sabah and 18 points for Sarawak – comprises conditions signed in 1963 when Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak formed Malaysia.

“I’m thankful that Datuk Patinggi (Adenan) said he was willing to look into this in detail.”

Azmin, who is Gombak MP and Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman, also proposed to Adenan a few areas of
cooperation between Selangor and Sarawak, considering that both states were the main contributors to the country’s economy.

Azmin said PKR welcomed Adenan’s effort to ensure more transparency and accountability in the state administration, adding that the party wanted to see how best it could work together with the state government to promote democracy and defend the rights of Sarawakians.

“I also asked Datuk Patinggi to inform me that if there were welfare issues among Sarawakians residing or working in Selangor, I would be ready to look into their welfare and needs.”

During the courtesy call, Azmin said he conveyed to Adenan Selangor government’s appreciation for Anglican Archbishop for the Province of Southeast Asia and Diocese of Kuching Bishop Rev Datuk Bolly Lapok for his role in helping to resolve the Bahasa Malaysia Bible issue amicably.

“I’m impressed and happy to note that immediately after the return of the BM Bible to Sarawak, members of the Muslim community in Selangor were very happy that we managed to resolve this issue.”

In describing Adenan’s willingness to meet him as ‘positive’, Azmin said he really appreciated and thanked the chief minister for the warm hospitality extended to him and his delegation during their visit this time.

Present during the courtesy call were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, Second Resource Planning and Environment Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan and chief political secretary to chief minister Abdullah Saidol.

Azmin’s delegation comprised Selangor exco members Dr Daroyah Alwi and Amirudin Shari, together with state PKR chairman Baru Bian, deputy chairman Abang Zulkifli Abang Engkeh, vice chairmen See Chee How and Ali Biju.

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