Monday, October 22, 2007

PM told about Malacca CM’s remarks

PM told about Malacca CM’s remarks
by R.Surenthira Kumar
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 21, 2007): The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) yesterday raised the issue of the scathing remarks made by Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Mohd Ali Rustam against the party with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

President Datuk M.Kayveas, who apologised to Abdullah for raising the issue at it the party’s 54th Annual General Meeting (AGM), said he would not be forgiven by PPP members if he did not do so.“We did not react to the Malacca Chief Minister’s remarks, abuse and insults, not because we could not or I could not, but in the spirit of Barisan Nasional (BN), we maintained a very high level of tolerance and discipline to allow our guest, the CM, to complete his speech,” said Kayveas.

At the Malacca PPP AGM last Monday, Mohd Ali, who is also Umno vice-president delivered a scathing speech which chided the PPP for “threatening” Barisan Nasional for more seats to contest in the coming general election. He had also apparently stressed that PPP could leave the BN fold if it was not happy.

Mohd Ali had also said that the Umno Supreme Council was unhappy with Kayveas for repeatedly requesting for more seats.His strong statement reportedly stunned PPP members as he was the guest-of-honour and invited to officiate the party’s state AGM.“I used this opportunity (the AGM yesterday) to raise the matter because I intended to correct the wrong impression people had against me and PPP,” added Kayveas.

He reiterated the party’s stand, which was the request to be allocated one seat for each sate in the coming general elections.Kayveas said the seats won by PPP in the 1969 elections were systematically given away to the BN component parties after the party joined the coalition when it was formed in 1972.He added PPP, being a founder member of BN, should be given the necessary recognition.

However, Abdullah, during his speech, did not touch on the remarks made by Mohd Ali against PPP.

Kayveas, in his speech. also spoke on several others matters, including requests for the abolishment of the National Higher Education Fund’s (PTPTN) annual administrative fee as it was a revolving fund.He also called for the deregistering of CTOS Sdn Bhd from the Companies Commission of Malaysia and for the local councils to be placed under the purview of the Prime Minister’s Department.

Yes it was true after all. I still cant believe the PM allowed this....this is an insult for the leadership and BN.

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