Perak MB: No need to make a big deal out of politician's name used on new school

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  • Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Ahmad Faizal Azumu. -filepic

IPOH: Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu (pic) felt there was no need to sensationalise the use of the name of a Pakatan Harapan MP on a new block of a Chinese school in Taiping.

He said if the school honoured the person for taking an effort to gain funds from the Education Ministry, it is difficult to prevent it.

“In my view, such issues need not be spread because the responsibility of the government is to provide the best services to the people.

“There is no need to sensationalise the matter,” he told reporters at the state secretariat building, after presenting Hari Raya goodies to uniform bodies personnel who would be on duty during the festive period.

Ahmad Faizal was asked to comment on the issue of Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Nga Kor Ming’s name being affixed to a new block of SJK (C) Sin Min in Simpang, Taiping.

Despite Nga helping to secure a RM220,000 grant for the school from the ministry, people in Taiping were surprised with the move.

Perak MCA Bahasa Malaysia bureau chairman Cally Ting recently raised the issue, after she received complaints from the locals.

On another matter, Ahmad Faizal said the state would heed the advice of the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah in ensuring that mosques and suraus are not used for politically-linked programmes.

He said this when asked about Nga who had held a buka puasa programme, and even gave a speech at Asaadah Kampung Bahagia mosque in Teluk Intan on May 17.

Ahmad Faizal said it was all right for a politician to provide aid to mosque or surau, but no party logo or speeches are allowed, after the Sultan’s office issued a statement on May 26.

“The Perak Islamic Religious Department is already taking the necessary steps to ensure such politically linked events are no longer held,” he added.

In a statement issued by the Sultan’s office, the Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja Kol (R) Datuk Abd Rahim Mohamad Nor had said the programmes, which included an unauthorised ceramah, were held between May 21 and May 24.

The department had issued a statement on May 25, commenting on the event attended by Nga, claiming that the event was held without the permission and agreement of the mosque committee.

The statement added that despite the programme not approved by the mosque committee chairman, and majority of the committee members, but it was made possible by its assistant secretary.

“To oppose to the programme, the committee chairman, and some of the members did not attend the event.

“We are carrying out an investigation, and in the meantime the assistant secretary of the mosque is suspended from his duties,” added the statement.

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