KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22, 2015:

PKR vice-president Fuziah Salleh supports the stand taken by five of the party’s Penang assemblymen who abstained during the voting of a motion proposed by the opposition during the state assembly session last Friday.

She said that the position taken regarding environmental conservation should be supported.

“In a true parliamentary democracy, the check and balance by the legislative to the executive is normal and must be encouraged.

“In fact, I believe that they should have voted for the motion.

“This is a manifestation of value-based politics,” said the Kuantan lawmaker through a statement posted on her official Facebook page today.

Previously, Penang PKR Youth had urged Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to retract and apologise for the accusations Lim made against the five PKR assemblymen on the issue of coastal land reclamation.

According to the statement issued by Penang PKR Youth, such unfounded accusations should not have been made towards the assemblymen who had supported his leadership since 2008.

Yesterday, Lim said that PKR must carefully evaluate the decision of five of its assemblymen based on their collective stand and claimed that the five PKR members were “with Umno”.

Last Friday, the Penang State Assembly rejected the motion proposed by BN-Pulau Betong assemblyman Muhamad Farid Saad who had suggested that all coastal land reclamation projects in the state should be subjected to public debate.

Speaker Datuk Law Choo Kiang rejected the proposal after 23 assembly members voted against it, 10 supported the motion while the other five abstained.

The motion also received the support of DAP-Tanjung Bungah Adun Teh Yee Cheu. However, Teh apologised for voting for the motion during a press conference after the session had ended.

The five assemblymen who abstained were Ong Chin Wen (PKR-Bukit Tengah), Dr Norlela Ariffin (PKR-Penanti), Lee Khai Loon (PKR-Machang Bubuk), Cheah Kah Peng (PKR-Kebun Bunga) and Dr T. Jayabalan (PKR-Batu Uban).

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