GRIK: Jun 10, 2008 By Veena Babulal
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin is miffed over his predecessor's reluctance to meet him.
"Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali has yet to greet me. He did not attend the handing over of duties like Barisan Nasional state chiefs did in Selangor, Kedah and Penang.
"He has not salaam me... many invitations have been sent to him but he has not replied," Nizar said.
Tajol Rosli is the assemblyman for Pengkalan Hulu, which comes under the Grik parliamentary constituency held by BN's Datuk Tan Lian Hoe.
Nizar was also upset over the election of village heads.
Speaking at a meeting with residents here yesterday, he asked: "Why does the Federal Government need to appoint village heads in Perak when there are already village heads legitimately elected by locals?"
He said 60 per cent of villages and districts had elected their chiefs.
"It is ridiculous to introduce a separate entity through a Federally-appointed 'committee'. This move is disruptive to harmony and it causes discord in communities who have made their democratic choice."
He said certain parties still wanted a piece of the state administrative pie.
"After 21/2 months of living under the rule of a new state government, are they still in denial? Have they still not come to terms with their defeat?
"We are now the legitimate administrators of Perak. We were endorsed by the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah. If certain parties refuse to acknowledge our authority over the state administration, then it can be seen as disrespect to the ruler."