Kayveas to continue watching councils like a hawk

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 25 Jun 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Newly-appointed Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk M. Kayveas said that he will continue to monitor “any abuse by local authorities like a hawk.” 

“My job is more challenging now as several government agencies come under the Prime Minister's Department. 

“As my portfolio will include legal matters, I will be assisting in overseeing even local authorities which have been enacted under the law. 

“I will continue to fight corruption and abuse for good corporate governance,'' he told reporters in Parliament following his new appointment as deputy to Datuk Seri Rais Yatim. 

Earlier, when reporters at the Parliament lobby asked Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad if Kayveas was being transferred to the Prime Minister's Department for his expose on the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council, he said: “It is not connected to any issue.'' 

Early this month, Kayveas had revealed corruption by the council's enforcement head, which was followed by the sacking of the head. 

“I have always been outspoken and followed the Prime Minister's footsteps in calling a spade a spade,'' he said, adding that local authorities must continue to serve the people.  

Kayveas said that he did not think of his new appointment as a demotion because he had more responsibilities in the Prime Minister's Department. 

“The new appointment is more meaningful now as I can use my 20 years' experience and expertise as a lawyer.'' 

Kayveas said that he received congratulatory calls from his party members thinking he was made a full minister.  

“They indicated that I should be a full minister as I head a Barisan component (the People's Progressive Party). 

“I told them to be patient as the Prime Minister could not create a ministerial position just for me.''  

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