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Apologise to Perlis ruler or step aside, Shahidan told

Bernama  |  Published:  |  Modified:

BN state assemblypersons considered to have gone against the decree of the Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail should immediately apologise or resign as representatives of the people, according to Md Isa Seman.

The Panggas Kecil Umno chief – representing all the branch heads in the Chuping state constituency – said BN chairperson Shahidan Kassim should also resign, because a people's representative should not object to the royal decree.

"These people (assemblypersons) are not ordinary people... the people feel very angry, after giving them the mandate, they leave the people. Don't be with us anymore then.

"If you refuse to apologise to His Royal Highness, then we will take more serious action. Do not look down on community leaders like us," he told reporters during a gathering to express his support for Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin in Chuping today.

On Thursday, nine BN assemblypersons were absent from the inauguration and swearing-in of Menteri Besar Azlan Man, saying he did not command the support of the majority.

They instead joined state BN chairperson Shahidan in Kuala Lumpur, who later, during a press conference announced the proposal to remove Azlan's membership from the party.

The move had greatly upset the monarch, saying the final decision to appoint the menteri besar was under his jurisdiction, in accordance with the state constitution.

Also present at the rally today were representatives of NGOs, including Persatuan Solidariti Nasional (Persona), Persatuan Perlis Silat Pesaka, and representatives of the Siamese community in Chuping.

Perlis Persona chairperson Abdul Rahim Ahmad said there were many problems that should first be resolved by BN rather than to conduct such public protests, what more involving the royal institution.

"Administrative affairs should be sorted out, and a government formed as soon as possible in Perlis to improve (the current situation).

"The assemblyperson have been urged to re-think their actions, and heed to His Royal Highness' decree in order to end this crisis," he said.

- Bernama

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