Gerakan issues show cause letter to Lee for accepting PDC, IP posts
"The issuance of the show-cause letter was decided during the party's central working committee meeting last night," acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said today.
Gerakan, he said, had previously directed party members to relinquish all appointments as municipal councillors and village security and development committee (JKKK) members in all states ruled by Pakatan Rakyat.
"Therefore Lee's actions are in contravention with the principle and spirit of this general directive of the party," Koh said in a statement.
Koh said the directive was based on the premise that Gerakan now had to play a role as an effective opposition in Penang. "We cannot do this objectively if our own members hold key positions in the state and local administration."
Koh also questioned the political move of the Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng in appointing Lee. "Lee has no direct experience in promoting investment in the industrial sector. So far, he has experience as a lawyer and a parliamentary secretary of the Health Ministry, which is unrelated to the manufacturing industry," he said.
In contrast, the previous state government under Barisan Nasional appointed as InvestPenang executive committee (EC) chairman Datuk Kalsom Abdul Rahman, who was then the Small Medium Industry Development Corporation (SMIDEC) chairman and a former deputy secretary-general of Ministry of Trade and Industry
The executive committee deputy chairman of InvestPenang was Datuk Seri Kelvin Kiew, who is a well-accomplished industrialist with extensive international connections.
"Both Kalsom and Kiew have a wealth of experience in investment and its promotion. As the industrial sector is Penang's most important economic sector, it is not proper for Lim to play politics this way, which may jeopardise the state's effort and ability to effectively attract investment into Penang," said Koh.
April 22, 2008 14:44 PM
Kah Choon Cannot Go Against BN Spirit, Says Abdullah
KUALA LUMPUR, April 22 (Bernama) -- The move by Datuk Lee Kah Choon to accept the posts of director of Penang Development Corporation and chairman of the executive committee of InvestPenang is opposed to the Barisan Nasional (BN) spirit, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Tuesday.
Abdullah, who is also BN chairman, said Kah Choon cannot accept the two posts offered by the Penang state government before conferring with the Gerakan leadership.
The former Gerakan deputy secretary-general must first seek the views and decision of the party leadership on the offer, he told Bernama.
"I want to hear the views of Gerakan acting president (Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon) on this matter.
"Any subsequent action on Kah Choon will be left to the Gerakan to decide on," he added.