A senior opposition leader has described Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s proposal to include Penang, Langkawi and parts of Malacca as areas under the ministry’s jurisdiction as “colonial-like” and a threat to national security.
Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) deputy president Salahuddin Ayub in a statement said Tengku Adnan’s proposal is also seditious and very dangerous to the existing federalism spirit, which must defended and respected.
“Malaysia is very unfortunate to have a minister like Tengku Adnan, who possessed an archaic mindset that does not in any way reflect a progressive leadership for Malaysia’s future.
“Using Malay sentiments is very dangerous and a threat to national security, it completely goes against the new hope aspired by a multiracial Malaysia,” he said.
Salahuddin was responding to Tengku Adnan, who in an interview with BFM89.9 on Feb 1 said he “would like to expand the Federal Territories” to beyond Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan.
“If I can, I would take Langkawi, Penang and certain parts of Malacca,” said the Putrajaya MP.
Coming under fire from Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, Tengku Adnan yesterday insisted his idea was to ensure equal development in the northern state, in repeating allegations that the Malays have been sidelined under the DAP-led state government.
Commenting further, Salahuddin said Tengku Adnan should first be mindful of unresolved issues surrounding the urban poor in Kuala Lumpur and Labuan before considering expanding the Federal Territories.
“Tengku Adnan’s hands and feet have never been ‘dirtied’ to fight for issues affecting the rakyat, particularly in Kuala Lumpur where is the minister in charge,” said Salahuddin, citing the capital city’s long-standing problem of squatter areas and access to affordable homes as an example.
Earlier today, DAP lawmakers also slammed the minister for playing on racial sentiments, with Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng urging Tengku Adnan to look at the poor Malay majority states such as Kelantan and Terengganu instead, and Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh asking the Umno leader to show proof of his claims.