MELAKA: Melaka's Opposition leader Datuk Seri Idris Haron (pic) asks critics to blame the individual behind the sacking of a community service council chairman from Alor Gajah, without pointing fingers at other hardworking Melaka DAP assemblymen.
He said DAP lawmakers were serving the people across the board, and it was unfair to place blame on the party just because of one bad apple.
"It is unfair to shift blame solely on the party whenever an adverse issue surfaces in the state.
“We need to find out the root cause of the issue without turning those who are competent into scapegoats,” he said, while naming Kota Laksamana assemblyman Low Chee Leong as an exemplary DAP lawmaker in the state.
Idris said critics should also take into account the DAP excos’ approach to helping the people and their style of going down to the grassroots to resolve the problem.
He was commenting after several social media posts pinned the blame on Melaka DAP, after the Gadek Village Community Management Council (MPKK) chairman Ramlan Ibrahim was dismissed for allowing a religious ceramah to be held in a community hall at Dataran Kampung Gadek at Alor Gajah on Monday (Feb 11).
Ramlan was accused of allowing an Umno speaker to conduct the ceramah at a community hall, and faced the axe soon after banners for the event were put up.
The ceramah went on as scheduled, but the organiser had to put up tents outside the hall and the electricity supply was extracted from a nearby food stall.
The sacking also caused an uproar with Malay rights group Perkasa on Wednesday (Feb 13).
Idris said a poor sense of rationalisation had led to Ramlan’s sacking and this reflects the maturity of the leader behind the order.
"The individual behind the sacking lacked the ability to distinguish between a political and a religious ceramah," he said, adding that the previous Barisan Nasional had never sacked any civil servants or sidelined community leaders based on their political stance.
Idris said he would also raise a question on the academic qualifications of certain executive councillors during the state assembly sitting in March.
Idris said he decided to bring up the matter at the august house after the decisions of certain executive councillors seemed to lack professionalism.
“I have no intention of looking down on them, but to remind them that they are getting too big for their boots since coming into power,” he added.