Feb 7, 2009
By SYLVIA LOOI
IPOH: The new Perak state government may have been sworn in but it was business as usual for the former Pakatan Rakyat state government.
Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, who has steadfastly refused to relinquish his post, chaired a special ‘exco’ meeting at the Mentri Besar official residence in Ipoh on Saturday.
Nizar said the special meeting, among others, approved the extension of land lease for industrial plots from the current 30 or 60 years to 99 years.
The ‘state government’, Nizar said, also approved the appointment of 342 councillors for the 15 local councils in the state.
The Sultan Azlan Shah Airport in Ipoh would also be revived with low-cost carrier Firefly flying into the airport from May 15, added Nizar.
“The state is paying RM2.7mil to Firefly as contribution to the carrier to fly into the airport,” he said, adding that the carrier would be flying to Singapore and Subang.
To a question, Nizar said there would be no problems in implementing the decisions passed during the special meeting.
“The state agencies have to concede to the government of the day and the question of them not implementing the decisions does not arise,” he said, adding that the minutes of Saturday’s would be sent to the respective departments for implementation.
On the swearing-in of Barisan Nasional exco on Tuesday, Nizar said Barisan should wait for a declaration by the High Court on the matter.
“If they go ahead and swear-in the exco, we will be the only government in the world with two mentri besars.
“I will still report for work on Tuesday as Tuesday is our meet the clients day,” he added.