IPOH: April 27, 2008
Baiduri, the Perak association of state assemblymen's wives, will not be dissolved although Pakatan Rakyat has taken over the state.
President Datin Seri Kamariah Mokri, the wife of former Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali, said they had already amended the constitution to change the name to Perak (Barisan Nasional) State Assemblymen’s Wives' Association.
“This was approved by the Registrar of Societies and the state legal advisor before the election,” she said when contacted yesterday.
Kamariah, a former Bakti (Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers) member, said the name change was done as a precaution.
“I learnt a lot at Bakti and how to raise funds properly. I realised that such funds belong to the people and so, should only be spent for welfare,” she added.
Baiduri has about RM300,000 in its account. It also has under a million ringgit in fixed deposits.
Kamariah, whose husband is the Pengkalan Hulu assemblyman, stressed that the association would continue its activities and accept wives of Barisan representatives as its members.
Baiduri was formed 25 years ago.
In PENANG, it is learnt that wives of DAP state assemblymen have yet to become office bearers of the Persatuan Bunga Tanjung while the wives of former Barisan state assemblymen have not vacated their posts.
It is understood that the association has some RM250,000 in its account.
When contacted, several wives of DAP and former Barisan state assemblymen declined to comment.