Press statement by MCA Young Professionals Bureau chairman Datuk Chua Tee Yong
Crying ignorance over 30% cut for agents unacceptable of a Menteri Besar
Kedah Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Azizan was reported to have said that he was not aware that agents of Kedah Excos had allegedly requested a 30% cut for state allocations for NGOs and Chinese temples. This suggests inappropriate management in states under PAS administration to gradually float to the surface.
This is not the first time Pakatan Rakyat state governments have made mistakes. Although the Kedah Menteri Besar simply cried ignorance over the incident, he has yet to order an investigation to uncover any unethical practices that led to the allegations. Rather, on the contrary, he tried to cover this incident up. As Menteri Besar, there is no excuse to claim being unaware on incidents befalling Kedah, whether the people intended to cover it up or not.
This incident is not new nor a recent occurrence. Apparently, these incidents have long existed. As head of the state government, it would be quite ridiculous for Azizan to claim he was unaware of the practice.
A norm for subordinates to overrule the higher-ups
Incidents involving subordinates not reporting to their leaders have frequently cropped up in this northern state led by PAS governance. One such example is when the Kulim District Officer wanted to turn Kulim into an alcohol-free district. Thence, Menteri Besar Azizan also claimed that he was ignorant of the ADO’s instruction and pinned blame unto the local council.
“Being unaware” is not an acceptable excuse to shirk responsibility. “Being unaware” can show that state administration is not standardized and betrays the leaders’ inefficiency.
Requesting for a 30% cut from state allocations is tantamount to corruption and bribery. Furthermore, 9 organizations have come out to show proof and requested the MACC to investigate the practice. Hence, I urge the Kedah Menteri Besar to give a valid explanation to all Kedahans, reveal the truth and unveil the masks of Pakatan’s Excos in Kedah.
Since PAS helmed office in Kedah, the consequences are sufficient for voters to reconsider whether Pakatan Excos and state assemblymen have the ability to continue governing Kedah. This incident also proves that contrary to PAS claiming that there is no corruption under their governance, corruption and bribery still permeate in states under PAS administration.