PKR senator wants clarification over her role

IPOH: Special adviser designate to Perak Mentri Besar, Senator Siti Aishah Shaik Ismail, wants to meet Mentri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu over her tasks so that they will not overlap the functions of exco members in the administration.

“The issue of the post is a political subject and I need to discuss it with PKR’s state and national leadership,” said Siti Aishah, who is PKR’s Srikandi head.

“This is not a personal issue,” she told theSun in a WhatsApp message here today.

“If I accept the post it is due to the mandate and trust of the party in me for taking up the role of justice and balance in decision making of the government and the people.

“I want to stress that it is the question of the party and not individuals,” she added.

According to her, she has not received any appointment letter or official calls from the state government on the post.

On the statement by DAP’s Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham that she had “gone open” on the appointment of the Perak State Assembly Speaker, she said: “He as a senior leader should exercise maturity in tackling the issue.

“As a long-serving member of the party he should respect the initial decision and also the leadership of Pakatan Harapan (PH).

“We should not sow a culture of domination of power to ensure that PH is seen to be moving as a team.

“We have to create healthy competition in offering services to the rakyat and not compete solely for posts,” said the Perak PKR Information chief.

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Earlier, the Beruas MP was appointed the speaker on July 3, but not without a hiccup.

Siti Aishah’s name was also proposed for the post.

According to her, she was pressured to withdraw and allow a DAP candidate to take over the post.

Ngeh, in an interview with an English daily yesterday, said the original plan was always for him to stay in Perak and vie for the Speaker post, instead of going for a federal position.

He regretted how Siti Aishah had “gone open” on what had been discussed by the coalition.


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