Time to get down to work, says Perlis PAS rep

Sanglang assemblyman Mohd Shukri Ramli says the menteri besar dispute should have been resolved sooner. (Facebook pic)

KANGAR: Perlis PAS has welcomed the positive development in the menteri besar impasse which appears to have been resolved after nine Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblymen pledged their support for Menteri Besar Azlan Man.

Sanglang assemblyman Mohd Shukri Ramli said he was happy with the outcome of the dispute, which had dragged on for a month, adding however that the matter should have been resolved much earlier.

“It’s about time the issue was settled. As a matter of fact, it should have been resolved a long time ago.

“Whatever it is, we accept what is good. This is a really positive development. Now we wait for the appointment of the state executive councillors,” he told FMT.

Shukri was asked to comment on the impasse in Perlis which ended after the nine BN assemblymen voiced their support for Azlan, who is Bintong assemblyman.

Bernama reported that the assemblymen had finally agreed to the appointment of Azlan as Perlis menteri besar, with the swearing in of state executive councillors likely to be held before Hari Raya.

Chuping assemblyman Asmaiza Ahmad reportedly said Perlis Umno chairman Shahidan Kassim did not oppose the decision.

She added that the decision had been unanimously reached before they had an audience with the Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail, on Sunday.

Shukri, who is Perlis PAS commissioner, said Azlan could now form his state executive council, which would effectively enable the formation of the state government.

“Now we can start to serve the people properly, without any anxiety and restlessness among the people of Perlis.

“This is a very positive development. PAS fully supports this, a move which is in favour of the people,” he said.

However, Perlis Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Ameir Hassan said the nine assemblymen were not fit to represent the people, owing to their unbecoming conduct and attitude.

Ameir said as the people’s representatives, they should concentrate on serving the people.

“From what I see, I am not really concerned about their internal problems. What I am concerned about is their attitude and their conduct. It is really unbecoming of a people’s representative.

“They are supposed to be the ruler’s subjects. They have to bow and accept and acknowledge whatever decisions are made by the ruler. He is the sovereign Raja of Perlis, taking care of the people of Perlis.

“To me, if you do not respect the ruler, if you defy what the ruler has said, you are as good as persona non grata.”

Ameir said by right, the nine representatives should disqualify themselves as assemblymen without being ordered to do so.

“Why would they want to continue to be in the state assembly? It is because they are only thinking of their personal gain,” he added.

Ameir said the assemblymen also knew that they would not be able to do much for the state as they were now in the opposition.

BN had managed to secure a two-thirds majority in the northern state, winning 10 out of 15 state seats it contested.

PH won three state seats (Kuala Perlis, Sena and Indera Kayangan), while PAS secured the remaining two of Sanglang and Guar Sanji.

Azlan was sworn in as the new menteri besar at the Istana Arau before Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin, but the nine assemblymen were not present at the ceremony as they had been flown from Perlis to Kuala Lumpur the night before.

Their boycott incurred the wrath of the Perlis ruler, who voiced his displeasure and anger over their absence.

Shahidan subsequently said Azlan would be sacked from Umno. The Perlis BN chairman also reportedly asked the Perlis ruler not to interfere in the state’s administration.