IPOH: The issue of former Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian (pic) allegedly campaigning on behalf of an independent candidate at the recently concluded Slim by-election should be left to the party’s disciplinary committee, says Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu.
The Perak Mentri Besar, who is also Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia deputy president, said in cases like this, the matter would usually be brought to the attention of the committee for any action.
“If there is a report made to the committee, then it must be investigated, where the person in question must give his statement.
“After the due process of the investigation, only then a decision will be made.
“Thus, I am in no position to issue any statement over the action that will be taken against him, ” he told a press conference after Rural Development Minister Datuk Dr Abd Latiff Ahmad paid a courtesy visit at his office here Thursday (Sept 3).
Faizal was asked to comment on what action would be taken against Osman, following a viral video allegedly showing the seasoned politician campaigning on behalf of an independent candidate at the by-election.
On Aug 31, the Pulai Bersatu division said it would be referring the Kempas assemblyman to the party’s disciplinary board.
On another matter, Faizal was asked to comment on a front-page report by a Malay daily that several states had signalled that the respective dissolution of the state assemblies would not be carried out if a general election were held in the near future.
Faizal said when the time comes for a general election it would be necessary to dissolve the state assemblies to make way for elections.
“However, at the moment, I have not received any views over the matter from the Prime Minister, and the state government is running as usual, ” he added.
In the Malay daily’s report, it was stated that Kelantan together with several states including Kedah, Penang, Terengganu, Selangor and Negri Sembilan had hinted at this possibility as it is expected that the election would be held for parliamentary seats only.