Friday, 14 March 2008

Row over Perak State control resolved

The Opposition coalition of DAP-PKR-PAS has reached an agreement over the control of Perak, officials said today - ending days of squabbling over the selection of Menteri Besar as well as the make-up of the state executive council.

After threats of boycotts and walkouts all 31 elected assembly members have signed a power-sharing agreement.

"All the three parties signed their allegiance to the decision. Everything is OK, there are no more problems," said Ahmad Awang, the PAS state commissioner.

The DAP won most seats in Perak, but state law says the chief minister should be a Muslim Malay, so they have settled on a PAS candidate to take up the role.

The DAP had initially opposed the idea but agreed after the issue was resolved through a power-sharing deal for the state executive councilt. Later Keadilan had to be talked round after it rejected an earlier version of the pact.

The parties declined to unveil the new arrangement until it is formally approved by the Sultan today but PAS officials said the 10-seat policy-making Executive Council would have six DAP, three Keadilan and one PAS.

Perak DAP chief Ngeh Koo Ham said the chief minister's swearing-in ceremony, which had to be cancelled Thursday due to the wrangling, would likely be rescheduled for Friday or Saturday.

"We can work together, we have resolved some minor differences," he told AFP.


Anonymous said...

Glad to hear the squabbling has been resolved.

Now let's turn to the serious business of running the state on a clean slate.

concerned rakyat said...

What a relief. Hopefully all that will be in the past.

We can now look forward the Barisan Rakyat Governments fulfilling the expectations and hopes of the people.

Hi&Lo said...

Kak Ton,

Well and good. Nothing is impossible. I hope PAS and DAP will learn to love each other. :)

Let bygones be bygone. Some people say a leopard can't change its spots, with reference to PAS ideology. But people can be different from the leopard cos human beings can change and learn to adapt to their environment.

It's not compromising of principles but trying a different approach to live.

Taking a hardline stance does nobody any good. It only takes reaching out and attempting to understand the other party.

I am sure leaders from both sides are sincere tho differences between them are deep. As long as they have one common goal, things can be iron out.