GEORGE TOWN: The political secretary to Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow has urged the police to investigate the culprit behind a photograph linking Chow to the issuance of identity cards to foreigners.
The aide, state assemblyman Teh Lai Heng, said the chief minister and state government had never at any time directed anyone to issue MyKads to any individual, much less to non-citizens.
He said the photograph was being shared through chat messaging since yesterday.
The photograph contains a declaration that “the chief minister and the Penang state government have absolute power to award the MyKad to individuals who are not citizens, and outsiders are urged not to interfere in the business of the state government”.
Teh said the statement was libellous to the chief minister and the state government and aimed at tarnishing the image and reputation of innocent quarters.
‘’The chief minister and state government clearly respect the Federal Constitution whereby the business of citizenship is clearly under the jurisdiction of the federal government,’’ he told reporters after lodging a report at district police headquarters here today.
He hoped police would investigate and bring those responsible to face the law.
State government communications director Yap Lee Ying had earlier issued a statement on the matter, saying: “I wish to categorically deny the slander of the irresponsible parties, which is clearly aimed at tarnishing the image and reputation of the chief minister and state government.”