Friday, July 10, 2009

Kedah DAP to rejoin state Pakatan - Star

Jul 10, 2009 By EMBUN MAJID

ALOR SETAR: Kedah DAP will rejoin the state Pakatan Rakyat coalition after Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak said he would set up an action committee to discuss state issues.

Kedah DAP chairman Thomas Su said that the decision was made during the state DAP committee meeting here.

“We will inform the DAP Centre Executive Committee about our decision and we will retract our letter to quit the state Pakatan,” he told newsmen during a press conference here Friday.

He said that the assurance given by Azizan during the meeting with DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang had renewed the state DAP’s confidence in the PAS-led government.

He said that the setting up the action committee would enable the coalition parties in Pakatan to voice their opinion regarding any state issue.

The state DAP had suggested that six people each from PAS, DAP and PKR sit in the committee and the committee meet at least once a month, he said.

Su also said that Azizan had given the assurance that he would settle the matter regarding the relocation of the illegal slaughterhouse in Kampung Berjaya, Jalan Putra here.

He said that the new site would be in Kampung Sungai Tok Pawang in Gurun.

Su said he believed that there would be a problem with the new site as the land was already used for pig rearing.

Azizan had also assured that the state would speed up the process to allow the construction of the slaughterhouse at the new site, he said.

On July 1, Su announced that Kedah DAP had pulled out from the state Pakatan Rakyat coalition, saying the PAS-led government was not giving equal treatment to all Kedahans.

He was quoted as saying that this included the demolition of an illegal pig slaughterhouse at Kampung Berjaya, Jalan Putra here.

He said the state government had failed to handle the issue properly.

During Friday’s press conference, Su denied that the state DAP decision to quit the state Pakatan was merely a threat.

He said that the earlier decision was made because the state DAP had lost confidence in the PAS-led government.

“Azizan has given his assurance and I believe that everything will go well from today onwards,” he said.

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