GEORGE TOWN: State assemblymen who contested and won the last General Election under Pakatan Harapan (PH) must vacate their seats if they no longer support the PH leadership, said Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow (pix), who is also the state PH chairman.
He said Article 14A (1) of the Constitution of the State of Penang clearly stated that a state assemblyman should vacate his seat after he resigns, is stripped of his membership, ceases from being a politician or is chosen as a candidate by another political party.
“The action of a few state assemblymen in not vacating their seats after choosing not to be with PH goes against the state’s constitution,” he told reporters at a press conference here today.
He said this in reply to the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan, who had said that Penang, which is governed by the opposition, should get rid of the four assemblymen (who left the coalition) according to the state’s anti-hopping law if it really wanted the law to be implemented at the federal level.
Takiyuddin, when winding up the debate on the motion of thanks on the royal address on Monday (Aug 10), had said that Article 10(1) clearly stated an individual’s freedom to form associations and that “if the Federal Constitution (Article 10(1)(C)) does not allow all citizens to form associations, only then can we enact a law concerning party-hopping individuals”.
However, Chow said the Penang State Government Council meeting had decided to proceed with the tabling of the motion in the State Legislative Assembly, which is scheduled to convene in October, to declare vacant the seats of the affected assemblymen.
He said the tabling of the motion was the state government’s initiative based on the principles of democracy to enable assemblymen to debate before any decision is reached.
“If the motion is passed, then Article 14A (4) provides for the speaker to inform the Election Commission (EC) of the vacancies so that by-elections can be held,” he said.
Chow, who is also the Padang Kota assemblyman, said he would discuss the political and legal aspects of the matter with state legal advisors before tabling the motion.
The four assemblymen who announced that they have lost faith in the leadership of PH were Khaliq Mehtab Mohd Ishaq (Bertam) and Zolkifli Md Lazim (Teluk Bahang), both from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu); and Dr Afif Bahardin (Seberang Jaya) and Zulkifli Ibrahim (Sungai Acheh), whose memberships with PKR were suspended. -Bernama
KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) detained a cargo boat last Monday and seized 650,000 packets of smuggled cigarettes valued at RM2.6 million.
Sabah and Labuan MMEA director First Admiral (Maritime) Mohd Rosli Abdullah said the vessel was held by a patrol team that was engaged in an operation code-named ‘Op Api’ about 24 nautical miles north-west of Pulau Usukan at about 11 pm.
A skipper and six crew - four Indian nationals and two Malaysians - aged between 24 and 50 were arrested, he said in a statement today. All of them had valid travel documents, he added.
Mohd Rosli said it was learned that the boat was registered in Mongolia and the smuggled cigarettes were being transported from Vietnam to two other locations also, namely Miri in Sarawak and Balik Papan in Indonesia.
“The boat documents were not in order. There was no record of the crew and the port clearance papers had expired,” he said.
Mohd Rosli said the boat has been towed to the MMEA jetty in Sepanggar. -Bernama
ALOR STAR: The Kedah government is to undertake repairs immediately to a submarine water pipeline from the mainland to Langkawi that can help save 20 million litres of non-revenue water daily - half the total volume of water supplied to the island.
That much of treated water is leaking through 24 holes along a three-metre stretch of the pipeline, Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor (pix) said today.
“The cost of the repairs is estimated to be RM50 million and the state government will seek a grant from the Federal Government to finance the project.
“We have also applied for a grant from the Environment and Water Ministry to a new project to channel raw water to Langkawi for treatment on the island,” he told a press conference after chairing the weekly meeting of the State Executive Council.
He said it is hoped that the application will be considered immediately so as to resolve the water supply problem in Langkawi.
Muhammad Sanusi also said that the state government has approved a monthly allocation of RM2,000 for the administrative expenses of all service centres of opposition state assemblymen beginning September.
“For this year, the payment involves a total allocation of RM104,000. The money can be used to pay bills or services provided at these centres,” he said.
He also said that the state government will provide a development allocation of RM70,000 annually to all opposition assemblymen for infrastructure repairs in their respective constituencies.
The 36-seat Kedah state legislative assembly has 11 opposition representatives - five from PKR, four from Amanah and two from DAP - and two independents. The Perikatan Nasional (PN) state government has 23 assemblymen - 15 from PAS, two from Umno, four from Bersatu and two independents.z -Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pix) has named his newly-founded party as ‘Pejuang’.
Unveiling the name via social media today, Dr Mahathir said the party was formed out of a sense of awareness and the need to fight corruption that is destroying the nation.
“So choose. Our party is formed out of a sense of awareness. Corruption destroys the nation. Corruption destroys the Malays.
“If you want positions and money, choose other parties. If you want to redeem your dignity and defend our rights, choose our party. Choose Pejuang,” he said in a poem-like statement posted on his Facebook and Twitter pages today.
On Aug 7, Dr Mahathir announced the formation of the new party without a name, which is not aligned either to Pakatan Harapan (PH) or Perikatan Nasional (PN).
He said the new party will be led by Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir as president, and himself as chairman.
The former Prime Minister said the party will also contest in the upcoming Slim by-election slated for Aug 29 on an Independent ticket. -Bernama
SUNGAI BULOH: The Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) has issued 101 notices to premises around Bandar Baru Sungai Buloh, as of yesterday, for building additional structures without permission.
Shah Alam Deputy Mayor Mohd Rashidi Ruslan said the notices, which were issued since Monday (Aug 10), were under the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974 (Act 133), and that all illegal structures were demolished during the integrated operation, which was jointly conducted with other enforcement agencies to eradicate illegal traders around Sungai Buloh.
“Upon inspection, we found there were factories, restaurants and shop lots which had carried out renovation works without MBSA permission, such as building awnings, walls, floors, road shoulders and other structures,“ he told a press conference here today.
The operation also involved the police, Immigration Department, Customs Department, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) and Air Selangor.
He said the operation also targeted illegal stalls operating on road shoulders, which caused traffic jams and posed a safety hazard to road users.
He said action had also been taken against 25 unlicensed business premises, operated by locals, since early this year until last month.
“In the same period, 19 unlicensed business premises, managed by foreigners, were sealed around Bandar Baru Sungai Buloh under the MBSA Hawker By-Law 2007,“ he said. -Bernama