PKR chided for ‘arrogant’ remarks

Datuk Abdul Karim

KUCHING: Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah has chided Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak for calling on the State Treasury Department to stop payments of salaries to all state ministers and assemblypersons upon the expiry of the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) term.

“What right has PKR Sarawak to direct the State Treasury to discontinue payments of salaries of ministers legislatures and political secretaries?” asked Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice-president and Asajaya assemblyman.  

“PKR is not even the government of the day but is already acting arrogant by telling civil servants to do things as if it was the government,” he said when contacted on Sunday (May 9).

Commenting on PKR Sarawak information chief Abun Sui Anyit who made the call, Abdul Karim said that the former might be a lawyer but his advice to him was to read further his law books.

“Read what happens when an Emergency is proclaimed vis a vis in Malaysia.

“The DUN assembly is put on a ‘holiday’ and will only be ‘awakened’ when the Emergency is being uplifted.

“Thus, the issue of DUN expiring on June 6 does not arise at all. In another word, the DUN tenure is prorogued,” said Abdul Karim, who is also the Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister.