Hornbill Unleashed

June 13, 2017

Sarawak BN Youth bashes Nazri over ‘insult’ of state minister

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Nazri told Karim yesterday not to behave 'like a gangster', after the state minister urged Putrajaya to defer the July 1 implementation of the tourism tax for Sabah and Sarawak. — Picture by Choo Choy MaySarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) Youth accused federal Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz today of being rude towards his Sarawak counterpart, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, in their row over the tourism tax.

“Labelling a Sarawak minister as a greenhorn and still a boy is an insult towards Karim who has been given the mandate by the state leadership to head the state Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Ministry,” Sarawak BN Youth head Datuk Fadillah Yusof said today.

He said it is out of order to refer to anyone as “gangster” because it is not only an insult, but also affects PBB’s image as gangsterism is not a culture within BN.

“Whatever the issue, especially one that touches the sensitivities of the people, should be dealt with in a diplomatic way in the spirit of Barisan and not through a generalised statement or through the media because this can cause anger among the people,” he said.

Nazri told Karim yesterday not to behave “like a gangster”, after the state minister urged Putrajaya to defer the July 1 implementation of the tourism tax for Sabah and Sarawak and to respect the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

The Sarawak state government later withdrew its representative from the Malaysian Tourism Board, saying that its representation was unnecessary as it duplicated the functions of the Sarawak Tourism Promotion Board.

Fadillah, who is also the federal Works Minister and PBB Youth leader, said if there are issues that need to be cleared, it should be dealt with in a good and cordial way, and not through chiding the leadership of BN component parties.

“State BN Youth is of the view that the spirit of respecting one another among leaders of the component parties should be given priority and any differences of opinions should be resolved through a political channel in a harmonious way,” he said.

Sarawak For Sarawak (S4S) civil movement leader Peter John Jaban said Nazri’s derogatory remarks against Karim will lead to further animosity between the people of Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia.

“Instead, he should have set a better example as a senior minister to his juniors,” he said, saying that Karim was simply expressing the enshrined rights of Sarawak when the latter called for a delay of the implementation of the tourism tax for Sabah and Sarawak.

Jaban said bulldozing the tourism tax without consulting the state government was seen as a form of victimising Sarawakians further.

He urged Nazri to read and understand the provisions of the Malaysia Agreement signed by Malaya, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak in 1963.


Source : The Malay Mail Online by SULOK TAWIE


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