Monday, May 19, 2008

Perak looks to Kelantan for spiritual development - The Star

KOTA BARU: May 19, 2008

Perak plans to emulate Kelantan’s model of spiritual enlightenment policies in its own quest to find a balance between physical and spiritual development.

Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin said the state already enjoyed strong physical development and now it was equally important to have spiritual development.

“We can learn from Kelantan about their emphasis on spiritual development and incorporate some of it into our policies,” he said after a courtesy call on Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat here.

Present were state DAP chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham, PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa and several other Perak leaders.

Warm reception: Nik Abdul Aziz welcoming Nizar during the latter's courtesy call on the Kelantan Mentri Besar in Kota Baru on Sunday.

Nizar became the first mentri besar from the Pakatan Rakyat states to make an official visit to Kelantan, which has been the bastion of the Opposition through PAS since 1990.

Next month, Nik Abdul Aziz is scheduled to chair the first consultative council of mentris besar and chief ministers under the Pakatan alliance.

He said the positive aspects of Kelantan governance could be emulated in Perak but based on Perak’s needs and acceptance of its people.

“We have to understand the (population) composition of Perak differs from Kelantan so we need a comprehensive study of all state policies first before we can see which parts of Kelantan administration can be adopted in Perak,” Nizar said.

Nik Abdul Aziz said the PAS victory in Perak – where the Islamist party grabbed six seats and its state liaison secretary, Nizar, was appointed Mentri Besar – was a testament that people did not reject Islam.

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