Memo on MB and 2 excos to Sultan Nazrin placed in assembly

Perak state assembly speaker Ngeh Koo Ham says he does not know anything about the distribution of the document addressed to Perak Sultan. (Bernama pic)

IPOH: An investigation will be conducted on the dissemination of a memorandum linked to three government state assemblymen, including Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu.

The other two elected representatives, allegedly mentioned in the memorandum, known as the “Memorandum of the people of Perak to the Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah”, were Paul Yong Choo Kiong (PH-Tronoh) and Abdul Yunus Jamahri (PH-Kuala Kurau).

Perak state assembly speaker Ngeh Koo Ham said he did not know anything about the distribution of the document, which was placed on the tables of state assemblymen.

“Based on preliminary information, it was distributed by the opposition chief’s assistant.

‘’However, we will investigate further, including viewing footage from the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras. There is a possibility this distribution of the memorandum is the work of the opposition itself,’’ he said during a debate on the 2020 Perak Budget here today.

Ngeh said the opposition chief Saarani Mohamad (BN-Kota Tampan) would be summoned when the investigation is conducted.

Jamilah Zakaria (BN-Trong) interjected the speech of Dr Wan Norashikin Wan Noordin (BN-Kampung Gajah) to inquire about the distribution of the memorandum. This caused a ruckus in the assembly.

Since he was appointed as menteri besar, Ahmad Faizal (PH-Chenderiang) has often been the target of speculation that he might be toppled by government elected representatives.

Yong, who is also housing, local government, public transportation, non-Islamic affairs and Perak new villages committee chairman, is now facing a charge of raping his Indonesian maid.

The third assemblyman mentioned in the memorandum, Yunus, is the public utilities, infrastructure, agriculture and plantation committee chairman.

He is a PKR representative in the state administration, together with Tan Kar Hing, who is Simpang Pulai assemblyman and Perak tourism, arts and culture committee chairman.

The PKR leadership in May had made a request to the state government to change one of the executive councillors from the party.

Meanwhile, before the winding-up session on Perak Budget 2020 by the Exco this evening, Ngeh said investigations found the copies of memorandum were distributed by an NGO to government and opposition assemblymen.

“The copies for the government were taken by the special officer of the menteri besar, who kept them in the menteri besar’s office and thus were not distributed to the assemblymen.

“The memorandum copies to the opposition were taken by the special officer of the opposition chief and given to an assembly bentara (guard) before they were placed on tables of opposition assemblymen,” he said.

Ngeh explained that the situation occurred because the opposition chief’s special officer and bentara were not aware of the need to obtain the approval of the assembly speaker before distributing any documents.

“I would like to remind all parties, department heads and government officers that all business of the assembly must go through my office or the assembly secretary earlier,” he said.

In this regard, Saarani expressed his appreciation and thanks to Ngeh and said the Speaker’s explanation had cleared his name of being accused of distributing the document.