Public has right to know more about AP issue


  • Nation
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2005

DATUK Seri Rafidah Aziz’s refusal to elaborate on the Approved Permit (AP) for imported cars issue can lead to various interpretations, according to an Utusan Malaysia columnist.  

Awang Selamat said the explanation by the International Trade and Industry Minister was not clear. After former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad disputed it, more questions were raised.  

“What was not clear has now turned grey,” he wrote in his Bisik-bisik column. 

He noted that the issue had erupted again, “like a volcano spewing lava” just as he thought it had simmered down. 

Awang wrote that Dr Mahathir and Rafidah were together in the Cabinet for a long time and should know more than the public about what was happening. 

“Since Dr Mahathir has said Rafidah’s explanation is not correct, she cannot keep silent. This is because she is still a minister and her ministry is the one which issued the APs. She must remember that the public has the right to know,” said Awang. 

Berita Harian reported that five robbers, all foreigners, apologised before robbing former Kuala Nerang state assemblyman Azizah Taib and her husband at their home on Wednesday.  

“Please forgive us pak, we have to rob because we lost everything in the tsunami,” one of the robbers told Azizah, 68, and her husband Ayob Ishak, 69.  

The robbers even kissed Ayob’s forehead to ask for forgiveness before they left.  

The robbers had entered the house around 4am through a bathroom window.  

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