Hadi: I don't trust reports on SAR issue

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  • Sunday, 16 Mar 2003


KUALA TERENGGANU: Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang does not trust news reports that the Conference of Rulers had endorsed solutions undertaken by the Government to settle matters concerning Islamic education, including the sekolah agama rakyat (SAR). 

As such, the Opposition leader will seek an audience with the Terengganu Sultan, as well as Rulers from other states, on those issues. 

Abdul Hadi, who is also PAS acting president, said he did not trust the media which had reported on the issues on Friday. 

“I don’t believe the newspapers that reported the issues and I will refer them to the Conference of Rulers,” he told reporters after opening a meeting to discuss preparations for the next general election at Kampung Baru Serada here yesterday. 

On Friday, it was reported that the Conference of Rulers in its 196th meeting had endorsed the proposal by the Federal Government to settle issues related to Islamic education. 

It was also reported that a special committee chaired by Tan Sri Murad Mohamed Noor was studying those issues. 

On another matter, Abdul Hadi said he would not apologise for his debate speech where he touched on the SAR issue at the Dewan Rakyat which had allegedly insulted the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. 

He said he would not apologise as the Deputy Speaker Datuk Lim Si Cheng had allowed him to continue with his debate.  

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