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Taib to seek audience with Sarawak Governor

Posted: 10 Feb 2014 08:00 AM PST

KUCHING: Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said he will seek an audience with Sarawak Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng on Saturday to convey his intention to step down as Chief Minister of Sarawak.

He said he needed to follow protocol in proceeding with his plan to step down from the post that he has held for the last 33 years.

"There is no hurry. I look forward to doing something useful for the country at a leisurely pace (after retiring as the chief minister)," he said after officiating the state-level Rela (People's Volunteer Corps) Day celebration here yesterday.

Seeking an audience with the Governor was among the "several more steps" he needed to take before he officially retired.

"I have to do things in proper sequence," said Taib, who is also Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu president and Sarawak Barisan Nasional chairman.

Earlier, Taib attended a close-door meeting with Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and several state leaders at Wisma Bapa Malaysia.

The meeting was also attended by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu; Parti Rakyat Sarawak president Tan Sri James Masing; Parti Rakyat Bersatu Sarawak president Tan Sri Peter Chin Fah Kui and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

A Home Ministry official yesterday said the meeting was merely a courtesy call on Taib. No press conference was held after the meeting.

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Zambry: Anwar just wants to play the hero

Posted: 10 Feb 2014 08:00 AM PST

KUALA LUMPUR: The reason for the forced by-election in Kajang was for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to "play the hero" to hide the internal problems faced by the state government in Selangor, said Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir.

"It is manufactured theatre to create a situation to deflect attention from their internal problems," he told reporters at the Perak Strategic Leadership retreat here yesterday.

Dr Zambry was asked to comment on the March 23 Kajang by-election following the resignation of incumbent Lee Chin Cheh on Jan 27 to make way for Anwar.

He said the internal problems faced by the Pakatan Rakyat government in Selangor were similar to those faced by the Opposition pact when they formed the Perak state government after the 2008 general election.

He said that in Selangor, however, Pakatan had adopted a different strategy to draw attention away from its shortcomings.

"In Perak, they tried to get Barisan (Nasional)-elected representatives to join them to strengthen their weakened state government owing to internal problems.

"Now, they vacate the Kajang seat to make way for a by-election for Anwar to be the new political maestro," said Dr Zambry.

The Perak constitutional crisis concerned the legitimacy of the state government when the Pakatan administration collapsed after three of its legislators defected.

After a year-long court battle, the Federal Court confirmed in February 2010 that Barisan was the legitimate state government and Dr Zambry was the lawful Mentri Besar.

"Everyone says the (Perak) crisis was due to a power grab by Barisan, but it was the then Pakatan state government that initially enticed Barisan assemblymen to cross over.

"However, its plan backfired when three of its elected representatives left Pakatan instead," said Dr Zambry.

He alleged that Pakatan members, particularly Anwar, were once again trying to entice Barisan to their political ploy to hide their own internal problems in Selangor.

"He (Anwar) is playing the hero in his own theatre.

"I don't want to be part of their games and I am confident Barisan will also not become part of their games," added Dr Zambry.

Undercover MACC agent in Agriculture Ministry

Posted: 10 Feb 2014 08:00 AM PST

PUTRAJAYA: An officer from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commis-sion (MACC) will be placed at the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry as an undercover agent to check corrupt practices.

Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the officer would be working on a full-time basis.

"While the officer will work just like any other staff of the ministry, we expect the officer to report directly to the MACC on any corrupt practices or abuse of power.

"The placement won't be made openly as that would defeat the purpose. The officer will be employed as a permanent staff and his identity will be known only by MACC, ministry's secretary-general and I," he told reporters yesterday after witnessing the signing of the Corporate Integrity Pledge (CIP) by Tabung Ekonomi Kumpulan Usaha Niaga.

Also present was MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed.

Ismail Sabri said he sent the request for the officer to the MACC but stressed that the plan to have an anti-graft undercover agent should not be misconstrued that corruption was rampant in the ministry.

"We are being pro-active and doing whatever we can to check corrupt practices and abuse of power. Our next plan is for the ministry to sign the CIP," he said.

By taking the pledge, an institution would voluntarily commit to create an effective system to increase integrity through the practice of good management, including taking steps in preventing corruption.


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