IPOH: April 23, 2008
The Perak government should stop making sweeping statements to paint a picture that the previous administration had not worked for the benefit of the people, Pangkor assemblyman Datuk Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said.
Dr Zambry, who is also a former state executive council member, said some of the announcements by Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin were not new, adding that the previous government had already implemented them.
Commenting on Nizar’s decision to allot Tuesdays for the people to air grouses with the mentri besar and his exco members, Dr Zambry said: “Everybody knows that Tuesday was also a day for the previous mentri besar and exco members to meet the people.
“He (Nizar) seems to be making sweeping statements or deliberate attempts to completely ignore the contributions of the previous government,” said Dr Zambry yesterday.
Dr Zambry was referring to a statement by Nizar who reportedly said that the people “never really had the opportunity to” air their grouses to the mentri besar and exco members.
Dr Zambry pointed out that the previous government even made sure no meeting was held on Tuesdays to allow the people to meet them.
“Not only that, the (former) mentri besar (Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali) also had his official residence open every night for the people to meet him. The gate was always open,” he said.
“I don’t know if Nizar is doing the same thing,” he added.
Referring to Nizar’s announcements that the state government would cancel decisions that were “unfair and robbed the rights of others”, Dr Zambry said Nizar gave the impression that the previous government was corrupt and did not do anything for the good of the people.
Citing the waiving of parking and hawking summonses until March 17, Dr Zambry asked how this was a fair decision.
“What about those who had settled the summonses? What fairness are we talking about?” he asked.
On the RM1 quit rent for nine independent schools and 188 Chinese primary schools in the state announced recently by Nizar, Dr Zambry said it was not new and had also been the policy of the previous administration.
In 2004, Tajol Rosli had announced the waiving of quit rent for nine Chinese independent schools in Perak.