Khir: Kapar MP’s resignation start of PKR breakup

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 01 Jan 2009

KUALA LUMPUR Former Selangor menteri besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamed Khir Toyo said the resignation of Kapar Member of Parliament S. Manikavasagam as the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Selangor liaison deputy chairman on Wednesday was the beginning of the breakup of the party.

"I am saying that this is the beginning for bigger things are yet to come because their (Pakatan Rakyat government in Selangor) promises to the Indian Malaysians (in the state) have yet to be fulfilled," he told reporters.

The Umno supreme council member had earlier presented gifts to outstanding Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) pupils and Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) students of 2008 at an event organised by the Cheras Umno Youth and Puteri.

Dr Mohamed Khir said the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state government had failed to resolve the problem of Hindu temples in the state.

"I see the problem in the party growing and the Indians will not only resign from their posts but also leave the party," he said.

Asked to comment on the request by the Indian community for the post of village heads in Indian-majority areas, Dr Mohamed Khir said when the Barisan Nasional was in power in Selangor, an Indian was appointed to the village development committee in an area where there were only 10 Indian families.

"But that does not happen today," he said, adding that he was drawing up a strategy for the Barisan to recapture Selangor in the next general election.

Dr Mohamed Khir also said that since the PR came to power in Selangor, it had yet to implement its election promises such as reducing the assessment rate by 20% for house owners and 10% for commercial premises, especially given the current economic situation.

"We have given them (PR) nine months. We thought of giving them enough time for their honeymoon. It has been one year now. So, we will launch our move to press the PR government to implement its promises," he said.

"They have made about 70 pledges. Not one has been implemented. Everything is only on paper, for example the insurance scheme for the elderly and aid for university admittance," he said.

PR has only made the pledges to garner support and votes and not to implement them, he said. - Bernama

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