GEORGE TOWN, Feb 22, 2016:
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng today expressed surprise over the public statement by PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali on the sacking of two Penang PKR assemblymen as directors of state-linked companies.
Lim said that all this while issues within the Pakatan Harapan coalition had been discussed privately and a Menteri Besar or Chief Minister had never interfered in the affairs of a Pakatan-ruled state.
“Have you seen me commenting about another Pakatan state’s matter,” he asked, adding that representatives of the respective parties were in each state.
“Perhaps, Azmin has not been well-informed of the whole picture (about the issue),” he told reporters at the Penang Development Corporation Chinese New Year open house here.
Yesterday, Azmin was reported as saying that the PKR leadership had reached a consensus to support Ong Chin Wen and Cheah Kah Peng, assemblymen for Bukit Tengah and Kebun Bunga respectively, who were sacked from their posts after they abstained from voting on a land reclamation motion brought by the Barisan Nasional in the Penang legislative assembly.
The Selangor Menteri Besar said the PKR central political bureau had sent a letter to the Penang state government asking to hold proper discussions on the issue when it found out about the proposal to sack the assemblymen from the GLCs two weeks ago.
Lim, however, said the state government had yet to receive the letter.
Lim also said that he was informed that PKR had asked the duo to meet him but they had not done so.
“So far, there is no explanation for their action. If (former Selangor Menteri Besar) Tan Sri (Abdul) Khalid (Ibrahim) was removed because he had persistently refused to implement party decisions, the same principal applies (in Penang),” he said.