LGE’s Muddled Logic

By Khairy Jamaluddin

On Sunday, August 8, I called on PAS to withdraw from the state Pakatan Rakyat if it wins the Permatang Pasir by-election and the DAP-led Penang government still refuses to appoint its assemblyperson to the state Exco.

Yesterday, Chief Minister YAB Lim Guan Eng, perhaps fatigued from the Kg Buah Pala fiasco that has exposed his shortcomings as a leader for all Penangites, utilised bewildering logic when he retorted by asking me to resign from all party posts since I was not appointed to the Cabinet despite my election as Leader of UMNO Youth.

As Chief Minister, I am certain YAB Lim is aware that there is a stark difference between a party as an institution – what PAS is – and one individual who leads a party’s wing – yours truly. And in any case, UMNO Youth, the institution, is represented in the Cabinet – my Deputy YB Dato' Razali Ibrahim is Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports. It is an honour for UMNO Youth to have a place in the Federal Government. PAS, on the other hand, is completely unrepresented at the state government level.

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