IPOH: Jul 6, 2008 By CHRISTINA KOH
Perak Barisan Nasional may be confident of wrestling back the state by Aug 31 but Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin has shoting down the notion.
Speaking to reporters after meeting religious school officials here Sunday, Nizar said the only reason Perak Barisan had targeted that date was because it was Merdeka day.
“But I think that on that day, they are the ones who are going to know what is the full meaning of Merdeka, because in the last 50 years, they had not realised its meaning,” he said.
On Saturday, Perak Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali expressed confidence in taking back the state from Pakatan Rakyat although he admitted it would not be easy.
Nizar said Pakatan Rakyat was just as confident of keeping its administration by Aug 31.
Asked about hints that Pakatan Rakyat assemblyman might cross over, the MB said:
“You’d have to find out from them. They might have some formula, I don’t know.”
Nizar also disagreed with suggestions that PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan should be asked to swear by the Al-Quran to determine which of them were telling the truth.
“I feel that the Al-Quran should not simply be used as an item to swear these matters by.
“People should look to other specific ways to determine the truth and not use the Al-Quran,” he said.
On another matter, Nizar assured that the state would eventually look into offering land titles to every citizen of Perak.
He said the people would be given the choice of applying for leasehold titles of 30, 60 or 99 years, or even freehold titles.
“Of course we are not going to give to just new villages. We will give land titles to all, including the new villages, planned villages and orang asli villages,” said Nizar.
He added that people in the state would just have to take into consideration the question of premium or quit rent, noting that it would be the highest for freehold titles or 99-year leases.