Shahrir: Cancelling meeting with Rafidah is not a snub

  • Nation
  • Friday, 12 Aug 2005

PETALING JAYA: Government Backbenchers Club head Datuk Shahrir Samad stressed that it was not a snub when he called off a meeting with Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz today following the Cabinet decision to review the Approved Permit (AP) and national automotive industry policy. 

“There is no point in meeting her any more,” said Shahrir, who has been on a fact-finding mission regarding the industry in the past month. 

Instead, the club is seeking a meeting with Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Mustapa Mohamed. 

The Johor Baru MP said the meeting with the International Trade and Industry Minister was no longer relevant now that the Cabinet has assumed control of the formulation of the national automotive policy. 

The Cabinet meeting on Wednesday announced that a Cabinet committee headed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi would be set up to review the policy of AP issuance. 

The committee would also formulate the automotive policy which was initially drafted by the International Trade and Industry Ministry. 

Shahrir said he informed the ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Sidek Mohd Hassan that the club was cancelling the meeting scheduled for 3pm today with Rafidah and her officials. 

Since the AP issue hit the news, Shahrir and his team of MPs and senators met a host of industry players with the aim of facilitating a well-informed level of debate on the policy when Parliament convened on Sept 19. 

In Kuala Lumpur, the media has been urged not to cover an event Rafidah will be attending this morning. 

A ministry official hoped that the media would cooperate and stay away from the function where Rafidah is scheduled to open a seminar organised by the Malaysian Associated Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  

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