KUANTAN: An opposition member caused a stir in the state assembly sitting yesterday when he spoke at length about the global economic crisis and leadership change in the United States.
Leong Ngah Ngah (DAP-Triang) had spoken for about 10 minutes when Datuk Ahmad Munawar Abdul Jalil (BN-Luit) interjected and said he should be deliberating on the state budget and not about US president-elect Barrack Obama’s win.
State Information, Science, Technology and Innovation Committee Chairman Datuk Mohd Sharkar Shamsuddin then joined in.
Another backbencher Zaharuddin Abu Kassim (BN-Kerdau) said Leong was insinuating that there was double standards on the treatment of the races in this country.
He added that it was irrelevant with the motion to debate the state’s budget.
When things started heating up, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob stood up and said that Leong should be given the opportunity to finish his speech.
“We listen to what he has to say first as I have several questions to pose to him too.
“It looks like the member from Triang is trying to imply that if there was no dispute between the blacks and whites, why must Malaysia have special privileges for the Malays,” he said.
Adnan stood up a few times after that to rebut some other points, even highlighting the difference between the economies of the United States and Malaysia.
On new initiatives to fill up the state’s coffers, Leong suggested that land located in strategic areas such as in towns should be developed via open tender.
However, Adnan disagreed, saying that all the land would be used up in the long run and nothing would be left for the next generation.
State Youth and Sports Committee Chairman Datuk Wan Adnan Wan Mamat then quipped that land in Triang would be the first to be tendered out.