IPOH: Perak Umno has voiced its dissatisfaction with Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu after he appointed its assemblyman as his political secretary without consulting the party first.
Perak Umno chairman Datuk Saarani Mohamad said Faizal has not been acting in accordance with the “spirit of cooperation and consensus” agreed upon when the Perikatan Nasional state government was formed.
“He (Faizal) openly told the media that he does not need permission from Umno for the appointment.
“I need to clarify that during the agreement to form the government, there was a written agreement to respect one another on the appointments of each representative either as a state exco member, board of director member, or any other political appointments, ” he said in a statement Monday (Oct 19).
Faizal on Oct 12 had said that Aznel, who is also Gerik Umno deputy division head, has been entrusted to manage matters related to his (Faizal’s) responsibility as the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia deputy president.
Faizal had said that he was confident that Aznel’s appointment would strengthen the ties and cooperation between Bersatu, Umno and component parties in Perikatan.
However, Saarani said that by right, any appointment of Umno assemblymen or leaders must be discussed with the party’s state liaison first.
“It should be noted that the Perak state government was formed in the spirit of solidarity and understanding to ensure the state is protected from the threat of ‘unhealthy politics’.
“However it seems that the understanding and agreement is no longer respected.
“Even before this, there were attempts to change the list of the state executive council members that had been agreed, as well as to change the appointment of the state assembly Speaker, ” he added.
Saarani said he would like to emphasise that Umno and Barisan Nasional are not greedy for power, as claimed each time they raised concerns.
“Don't let our attitude of openness, obedience and silence be considered a weakness.
“So, stop playing politics and focus on the welfare of the people who are now suffering due to the Covid-19 pandemic, ” he added.
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