Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he would leave it to Gerakan to act against its former deputy secretary-general Lee Kah Choon, who has accepted a director’s post in the Penang Development Corporation (PDC) and InvestPenang.
Gerakan, a component party in Barisan Nasional (BN), had been leading the Penang government up to the March 8 general election, when it fell into Pakatan Rakyat hands.
“It is for the party to decide. It is up to Penang BN to do what they want as long as there is no clash in policy,” he said at a brief press conference after attending a function in Kuala Lumpur today.
“We leave this to the relevant party. For me, there is no need (to take action). I (would) say thank you,” he said.
When asked whether Lee’s decision would herald a “new era” in cooperation between BN and Pakatan, Abdullah said: “Perhaps this opens ways for cooperation.”
Abdullah, who is also BN chairperson, was commenting on Lee’s acceptance of the offer to join the two key investment development agencies in the Penang government.
Yesterday Gerakan acting president Dr Koh Tsu Koon said the central committee would convene a meeting on Sunday to discuss Lee’s move.
Lee, formerly the member of Parliament for Jelutong, had resigned from all party posts after Gerakan’s humiliating defeat in Penang in the March 8 general election.
However, Abdullah seemed to change his stand later today. According to a report by Bernama, Abdullah said Lee’s decision was “against the spirit of BN”.
Abdullah told Bernama that Lee should rightfully have consulted his party first.
“I want to hear the views of Gerakan acting president on this matter. Any action against Lee would be left to the party,” he said.
The Bernama report appeared in its website four hours after the press conference.
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 today.
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
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.
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