Tuesday May 22, 2012
Umno: DAP unfair to its partners
GEORGE TOWN: Penang Umno has chastised state DAP for failing to offer posts in a state agency to members of its coalition partners.
State Umno chairman Datuk Zainal Abidin Osman said he had received text messages from his friends in PAS and PKR questioning the offer to appoint former DAP vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim to the Penang Institute (PI) senior fellowship.
“Is this how DAP handles the matter, by offering a huge amount of money to satisfy their right-hand person?” he said, commenting on the PI offer to Tunku Aziz with a yearly stipend of RM50,000.
Zainal was speaking at a press conference in Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) after handing out the advance for the PTPTN loans to 1,211 students.
On Tuesday, Tunku Aziz was quoted in The Star as saying that his decision to quit DAP was hastened after he received a call from DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, offering him a senior fellowship at PI after his senatorship was not renewed.
He claimed that Lim’s political secretary, Zairil Khir Johari, had called and repeated the offer, along with a stipend of RM50,000.
However, Zairil, who is PI chief executive officer, said the offer to Aziz had been misconstrued.
PI formerly known as Socio-Economic & Environmental Research Institute (Seri) conducts socio-economic and environmental studies related to the development of the state.