CALLING it “uncivilised”, Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir has told Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali to stop slandering Perak in his political speeches.
Commenting on Azmin’s political speech in Bagan Datuk last week, Zambry said he will not tolerate someone coming to Perak and claiming it is far from ideal.
“If you want to talk about political parties, go ahead because that is part of politics, but to slander the state by saying the authorities are not doing their best for the public is just rude.
“And to do so while visiting the state itself, is just uncivilised. I cannot accept the fact that he insulted Perak. We respect each other as chief ministers and it is best to maintain that.
“We do not want to compare but if he is proud of his achievements in Selangor, he has to understand that Selangor was not built by his efforts alone.
“Selangor became developed during Barisan Nasional’s time in power there,” said Zambry to reporters in a press conference, after chairing the weekly State Committee meeting at the State Secretariat.
He said Azmin tried to belittle Perak by saying that Selangor had created microcredit programmes for entrepreneurs, provided scholarships, and helped Hajj pilgrims, implying Perak lacked such initiatives when in fact such initiatives have also been implemented by the Perak state administration.
He went on to say that Azmin and PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli are going on separate tours of Perak and it shows that PKR is facing an internal crisis before the expected general elections.
“I guess they are just competing for support. That is why they are going their separate ways.
“Azmin loves to show off his achievements, but we prefer to take a quieter approach. We let our programmes do the talking.
“Our programmes for the people are internationally recognised and to date we have put in place many programmes to eradicate poverty, manage water resources.
“Additionally, we have also been recognised by the National Audit Department for our financial management.
“We have never showed off like Selangor. I have always told my counterpart to practise mature politics and I will continue doing so,” he said.