BALIK PULAU – The plight of PKR assemblyman Dr Norlela Ariffin, who is embroiled in a controversy with the Penang Government over the Sungai Lembu issue, caught the attention of the Prime Minister.
Without naming her, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he empathised with a PKR elected representative who raised the issue of an illegal carbon factory in the area.
“She sobbed in the state assembly meeting when highlighting the illegal factory issue but nothing was done. She stood up for her constituents, yet received a lashing from the state government,” he said in his speech at the Balik Pulau Umno division delegates’ meeting yesterday.
Dr Norlela, who is the Penanti representative, had complained about the factory which was said to be constantly billowing smoke.
State exco member Phee Boon Poh is being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for alleged abuse of power.
Dr Norlela said she received scathing messages from her Pakatan Harapan colleagues and had been “demonised” for speaking up on the issue.
Najib also slammed the Opposition for its biased stand on the Lynas rare earth plant in Gebeng, Pahang, adding that no one had died from radiation there as alleged.
He said in the last general election, the Opposition claimed that Lynas was like a nuclear power plant emitting dangerous radiation which would cause cancer.