Tuesday, October 31, 2006
I have issued a press statement today calling for his resignation as follows:-
"Selangor Menteri Besar, Dato Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, has shamed the Selangor people by his sheer ignorance of the law regarding the appointment of the local councillors.
He suggested yesterday that the Local Government Act 1976 be amended to allow appointment of professional as councillors without realizing it had long been so provided by section 10(2) of the said law, as follows:-
“Councillors of the local authority shall be appointed from amongst persons the majority of whom shall be persons ordinarily resident in the local authority area who in the opinion of the State Authority have wide experience in the local government affairs or who have achieved distinction in any profession, commerce or industry, or are otherwise capable of representing the interests of their communities in the local authority area.”Khir Toyo had attempted to salvage his image badly damaged as a result of his incapability to take decisive action against Dato Zakaria bin Deros when the issue of the infamous “Istana Zakaria” and “DZ Satay House” were exposed and had to wait until the Sultan of Selangor advised Zakaria to relinquish his post as councilor before he gave Zakaria the deadline of November 8, to do so.
In fact, Khir Toyo had misled the Sultan of Selangor for Zakaria’s tenure as councillor had expired in September and he has yet to swear in for the new appointment even if he might have had received the letter of appointment. Legally speaking, Zakaria is no longer a councillor and therefore there is nothing for him to quit.
Further, even if he had already received the letter of appointment, it could be revoked at anytime by Khir Toyo for which Khir Toyo had failed to do.
The whole Zakaria controversy has not only exposed Zakaria’s arrogance and abuse of powers in the local authority but also, more significantly, the ignorance and incapability of Khir Toyo as the head of the state government. Khir Toyo should resign honourably."
Monday, October 30, 2006