Tuesday, June 3, 2008

'Selangor has no right to question Federal govt' - NST

SHAH ALAM: Jun 3, 2008

The Selangor government has no right to question the Tourism Ministry's decision to appoint a Barisan Nasional assemblyman as the State Tourism Action Council (STAC) chairman.

Selangor STAC chairman Datuk Subahan Kamal said the Federal government had the right to appoint whoever it wanted and make decisions on tourism matters without referring to the state government, as the council was under federal jurisdiction.

"The Selangor government must remember that the Federal government is under the BN.

"It can make any decision without referring to the state, if it doesn't concern them.

"Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said used her power as minister to appoint me as chairman.

"I consider the state government immature in questioning the appointment," he said when contacted in Jakarta on Saturday.

He was commenting on the dispute over his designation by the Federal government as Selangor's STAC chairman without consulting the state.

State Tourism, Consumer Affairs and Environment Committee chairman Elizabeth Wong, in a statement, earlier questioned the appointment and claimed that the Federal government practised discrimination against the state.

Subahan, who is also Taman Templer assemblyman, said like Pakatan Rakyat, the BN government would also use its discretion to designate someone with similar political ideologies to help ease administration matters.

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