KANGAR: Perlis Menteri Besar Azlan Man today said he was not linked to a case involving his private secretary Herwadey Hashim, who was yesterday charged at the Ampang Sessions Court with giving false evidence in a case involving a woman charged with drug trafficking last June.
“Why should it affect my image? This has nothing to do with me. He is my officer. My private secretary. I don’t mix personal issues with work.
“Why should I mix personal issues with anyone, whether they work directly or indirectly with me in the office?” he asked reporters here after the Hari Sukan Negara programme.
Azlan said this when asked to comment on the charge against his private secretary.
Herwadey was charged with giving or fabricating false evidence with the intent of causing (or knowing it to be likely that) Sarina Kasim, 34, a private sector worker, to be convicted of a capital offence under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries a mandatory death penalty.
He was alleged to have committed the offence at the investigating officer’s office at the Narcotics Crime Investigation Division of the Ampang Jaya Police headquarters at 11.30 am on June 29.
As to Herwadey’s status, Azlan said the former was still his private secretary.
“We need to uphold the sanctity of the law here. He is innocent until proven guilty. Let the law take its course. Herwadey is still my private secretary,” he said, adding that he did not wish to make further comments which could jeopardise the case.
Footballers’ unpaid salaries “just tip of the iceberg”
Meanwhile, Azlan said the issue surrounding the Perlis Football Association (PFA) was not just confined to not paying the salaries of Perlis footballers for the last five to six months, but that there were many other financial liabilities which had remained unresolved for years.
He, however, did not state what they were.
“It is not just the salary arrears for the past six months. That is just the tip of the iceberg.
“The Perlis government does not have the means. I’ve stated before the state cannot afford to fund PFA for the whole year.
“But we can help in whatever way we can. If I’m not wrong we have already given RM1.3 million to PFA within a certain period,” he said.
Azlan said the state’s financial situation was quite serious, and that its ability to spend was decreasing.
“It is impossible to add on more dependencies after this,” he said.
Azlan proposed for the PFA to meet the state sports council and also Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman to resolve its problems.
The Pauh assemblyman expressed hope that the minister would be able to show consideration to sports associations such as PFA which is in dire financial straits.
“There may be certain funds at the federal level that can be used. I was made to understand such funds exist at the sports council, or even the finance ministry.
“I had once gotten in touch with the then finance minister last time. He did help, not just PFA, but other states,” he said.
It was reported that Perlis’ officers and players had yet to receive their salary arrears despite the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) ordering PFA to do so in 30 days on Sept 3.
Northern Lions chief coach, Manja Man said even though FAM had decided on the matter at a meeting on Sept 3, payments had yet to be made to all 37 individuals, including officials and 29 players.
Perlis PPBM secretary Wan Saiful Wan Jan had also urged Azlan to not close an eye to the situation affecting Perlis footballers.