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Tuesday July 7, 2009

Tunku Aziz appointed as first DAP senator

TUNKU Abdul Aziz Ibrahim was appointed as the first DAP senator and likened his experience to that of a young boy on his first day at school — so much to see and learn.

“I intend to spend the first few days just watching and listening. I will do my best to promote the interest of Penang in the Dewan Negara,” said the 75-year-old DAP vice-chairman after taking his oath yesterday.

The ceremony was witnessed by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and DAP parliamentary adviser Lim Kit Siang. Tunku Abdul Aziz said it was a great moment for him to be the first DAP senator.

“We believe we will be able to do perhaps a bit more to promote good causes in our parliamentary system,” he added.

He was the founder of the Transparency International (Malaysia) and a special adviser to the secretary-general of the United Nations in 2006.

Mustafa Kamal Mohd Yusoff, 56, the Penang PKR secretary, also took his oath as senator while Mumtaz Md Nawi. 37, from Kelantan, was reappointed to a second term.

Guan Eng said the state government was confident that both individuals would be able to represent the interests of Penang and also speak up for the rights of the Penangites and Malaysians.

“We are very proud to have Tunku Abdul Aziz as our senator because we have aspirations of what a senator should be. He should have wisdom, a lot of experiences and, most important of all, an impeccable sense of integrity.

“We believe that he will discharge his duty with honour, distinction and integrity for the people of Penang,” said Guan Eng.

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