Sabtu, 15 Mei 2010

Kedah PAS plans ceramah to explain

ALOR SETAR: Kedah PAS will hold a special ceramah next week to explain to the people about growing speculation that the state government would collapse if more PKR assemblymen resign.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak said the ceramah, scheduled for May 22 at the state PAS headquarters in Kota Sarang Semut, would be attended by all Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen and grassroots leaders.

There are 36 state seats in Kedah with Pakatan holding 20 (PAS 16, PKR three and DAP one); Barisan Nasional has 14 seats; and there are two independent assemblymen.

If two more assemblymen resign from the Pakatan alliance, it would result in a hung state legislative assembly.

“I have heard speculation that four more assemblymen, three from PKR and one from DAP, will leave their parties, and this has led to persistent talk that I will dissolve the state assembly. This is untrue. I will call them (the four assemblymen) to explain during the ceramah,” he said when contacted yesterday.

Azizan had been asked to comment on a prediction by Kulim-Bandar Baru MP Zulkifli Noordin that another Pakatan state government was likely to fall, similar to what happened in Perak last year.

Zulkifli was reported as saying that two PKR MPs and a state assemblyman would soon leave the party.

He was also quoted as saying that the departures from the alliance was imminent if it did not resolve problems swiftly.

“I can confirm that they are leaving soon. The state government should seek a dissolution of the assembly fast,” Zulkifli said.

To this, Azizan said the rumour about dissolution was created by Barisan to tarnish the image of the PAS-led state government.

“This is a psychological attack by Barisan to destroy me but I am not afraid. I hope Barisan can learn to be a good opposition and not use dirty tactics,” he said.

Azizan said Kedahans who wished to know the truth about the speculation should attend the ceramah.

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