PENANG, 7 July 2009; The state Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR)-DAP coalition has proposed the chief minister, Lim Guan Eng, to be the state Pakatan Rakyat (PR) chairperson.
State PKR Liaison Committee chairperson Datuk Zahrain Mohamed Hashim said that DAP and PKR leaders had met and decided to propose Lim as the person to chair the monthly meeting of the PR in the state.
“The meeting is an important factor for the current PR administrative machinery towards achieving its target of winning in the federal level,” he told reporters after the meeting with state PKR leaders and Lim here today.
He said Lim had agreed to take on the position as it would be a good move to make the PR a strong coalition here.
However, Zahrain said he would get the consensus from the state PAS leaders before making any announcement.
“I believe PAS will have no objection on the matter, but we will still get their consensus before making the decision,” he said.
On the expulsion of Johari Kassim, Zahrain said the state government and the PKR had discussed the matter and he was planning to meet Johari soon.
“I do not want to reveal any information on the matter until I meet with Johari,” he said.
On 4 June, Johari, as a member of the Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP) had led eight PKR councillors to boycott the swearing-in ceremony held for the appointment of a new council president.
On the Kampung Buah Pala issue, he said the state PKR would leave it to the Penang government to decide on how to help the villagers resolve the issue. Lim has said he would meet the villagers at his office tomorrow.
“We are not a racist party and we do not want any race in the state to be neglected in this kind of situation. We believe the state government would have the best solution for the villagers,” Zahrain said.
Twenty-three squatter families from the village have been in a tussle over recent years to save their cattle-rearing village, dubbed “Penang’s High Chaparral“, from being demolished to make way for a development project. — Bernama