ALOR STAR, 1 July 2009: After the conflict between the DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in Penang, the Pakatan Rakyat government may be facing yet another challenge in Kedah.
Kedah DAP chairperson Thomas Su Keong Siong has threatened that the party no longer found it necessary to be in the Pakatan Rakyat government in the state as many decisions made by the state government did not take heed of the other component parties.
He said the latest case involving the demolition of a pig abattoir by the Alor Star Municipal Council showed the weakness of Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak in resolving problems.
He said the abattoir operator had appealed to the state government for time to shut down, but the appeal was not entertained.
“The state government should have settled the problem wisely, taking into account the interests of the Tiong Hwa community in the area as all they wanted was some time to get a more appropriate site. But the council demolished the abattoir,” Su told reporters here today.
A team of council enforcers demolished the abattoir in Taman Berjaya following complaints from residents of a nearby housing area.
Su also cited the earlier 50% bumiputera quota for housing policy, imposed by Azizan, that did not take into account the views of component parties.
He said these issues had been discussed in a special party meeting recently, adding that the DAP would not hesitate to leave the coalition.
Su expressed disappointment with the PAS-led state government, charging that it was not capable of resolving various problems of the people. — Bernama