Looks like the new Pas MB in Perak has an impressive command of languages. This should stand him in good stead.
This report from Sin Chew (click on link to see pictures):
Perak MB-designate wows Chinese crowd
IPOH, MALAYSIA: Perak Menteri Besar-designate Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin of PAS turned up at the ”What’s Coming Next” political forum held in Ipoh Sunday (16 Mar) and immediately stunned the Chinese crowd by speaking in Mandarin, Hokkien, Cantonese, Tamil, then in English and Malay.
The audience was speechless then gave the PAS leader a rousing applause. The forum was organized by Guang Ming Daily, Sin Chew Daily, Eye Asia and Sin Chew-i an dheld at Dewan Dou Mu in Ipoh at 2pm and attracted 3000 people. Speakers included PKR national vice-president Dr Lee Boon Chye, Perak DAP chief Ngeh Koo Ham, Wangsa Maju Member of Parliament Wee Choo Keong and Sin Chew’s Deputy Chief Editor Tay Tian Yan.
Mohammad Nizar, an accomplished enginneer, was not a speaker but was invited to the forum by Ngeh. (Sin Chew Daily)
Meanwhile, over in Selangor, a couple of populist measures from the new MB, as the NST reports:
In his first Press conference as Selangor Mentri Besar today, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim made two key announcements: the first 20 cubic metres of water is free to all Selangor households from April, and the eve of polling day water treatment plant deal between Puncak Niaga Holdings Bhd and Selangor Government is lopsided to the concessionaire’s advantage.
It should not stop there. All contracts not in the public interest must be reviewed for possible corruption or bad faith dealings.
Talking about bad faith dealings, it appears that the previous Kedah administration has gone paper-less! I don’t think this was what they had in mind when they were talking about e-government…
The Star has this report:
Kedah official papers missing
ALOR STAR: All documents from the offices of the Mentri Besar and executive councillors in Kedah have gone missing.
The PAS-led government which took office after 12th general election on March 8 will lodge a police report based on the findings of an internal investigation.
Mentri Besar Azizan Abdul Razak has appointed state executive councillor Phahrolrazi Zawawi to investigate the case of the missing documents.
It all sounds very fishy to me – and no doubt to you as well.
Up north in Perlis, Dr Md Isa Sabu was sworn in before the Raja of Perlis this evening as the new Perlis mentri besar. The NST reports there was relief all round as the ceremony proceeded without incident. Shahidan did not show up but 14 other assembly members, including the five aligned to him, attended.