Sep 7, 2008

Khairy: Perak exco duo should be suspended

KUALA KANGSAR: The Pakatan Rakyat government should suspend the two Perak state exco members if its struggle for accountability, transparency and anti-graft practices is real, Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin said.

“In Barisan Nasional, if a leader has been charged (for corruption), it is normal for him to take leave,” he said, citing a case in 2004 where the then Land and Cooperative Development Minister Tan Sri Kasitah Gadam was dropped from the Cabinet on being charged with corruption.

“But in Perak, both of the exco members involved were not asked by the Perak Mentri Besar to resign from their posts. Where is all that talk about transparency, accountability and anti-graft practices?

“Even though they have been charged in court, the two exco members are still in office,” said Khairy, referring to the corruption charges brought against Perak executive councillors Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi and Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu over the development of a piece of land in Seri Iskandar by the Anti-Corruption Agency.

Khairy was speaking to reporters at a Nur Ramadan gathering jointly organised by the Umno Youth wing and Amanah Raya Berhad where cash aid were presented to orphans, single mothers and the poor at Masjid Taman Kuala Kangsar here after the breaking of fast on Saturday.

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