06 March, 2012


I refer to the recent controversy in Kedah involving the setting up of a steering committee by PAS to oversee the decision taken by Menteri Besar of Kedah. This is one of the solutions suggested to resolve the current turmoil surrounding the current Kedah government.

It has been reported in news that the PAS steering committee can censor or even overrule Menteri Besar of Kedah on any decision.

[ Source: NST – 6th March, 2012 ]

The formation of PAS steering committee had raised serious questions in relation to chain of command in the state administration of Kedah.

The existence of PAS steering committee would indirectly absorb the role & powers accorded to the Menteri Besar of Kedah under the Kedah Constitution. This is clearly unconstitutional.

I demand PAS respect the Kedah Constitution and not to form any body or panel that intend to circumvent the function of Menteri Besar of Kedah, who is appointed by Sultan of Kedah under the Kedah Constitution.

PAS should not attempt to change the administration structure in Kedah under the pre-text of solving internal conflicts among their leaders.

If PAS believe their leaders are not capable in running the state of Kedah, then they should replace such leaders and give it to others who can administer the state in an orderly manner.

On whether the PAS steering committee would absolve the role of DAP & PKR in Kedah or not, I believe that is an internal matter of Pakatan and would not make much difference as Kedah has been known as a PAS-led state.