PETALING JAYA: The Selangor Mentri Besar’s political secretary has ticked off Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad (pic) for suggesting that local council elections be conducted in Shah Alam.
“I think it would be wise for the Federal Territories Minister to refer to the state government before issuing any statement in relation to local council elections, especially when it involves Shah Alam which is the administrative centre of Selangor.
“Khalid Samad’s position as Shah Alam MP is acknowledged, so it is only appropriate for him to refer the matter to the state government,” Borhan Aman Shah said in a statement yesterday.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had announced earlier that there would be no local council elections as it could lead to race-related conflicts in the country.
However, Malay Mail reported Khalid’s suggestion of having local council elections in Shah Alam as it was a place where the race card could not be used.
Borhan added that Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari is well aware of Dr Mahathir’s statement and the proposal by Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin to conduct a comprehensive study first.
“I hope all parties can be more responsible before issuing any statement that involves the well-being of the Selangor people,” he said.
In George Town, Penang will continue to push the issue of local elections to the forefront although legally it has exhausted all avenues on the matter.
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said it was best to leave the issue to the ministers after the statements by Dr Mahathir and Zuraida.
“Although the holding of local elections was never a part of Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto, the state had pursued the matter with an enactment which was ultimately defeated in the Federal Court, thus bringing the legal avenue to a halt.
“We have been championing the local elections for more than 10 years and probably one day it might become a reality,” Chow said.
Zuraida said the government was still exploring ways to implement council elections.
On the issue of the State Commission of Inquiry (SCI) into the Tanjung Bungah landslide tragedy, Chow said the second extension on the completion of the report would only expire in a few months.
“It’s up to the SCI to determine a date when it would be submitted to Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas to release the findings,” he said.