Zambry created non-Muslim portfolio first, says Guan Eng

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal, The Malaysian Insider

SHAH ALAM, Feb 19 — Lim Guan Eng has defended Penang’s new non-Muslim executive council portfolio by pointing out Barisan Nasional (BN) run Perak introduced a similar measure in 2009.

The Penang Chief Minister claimed today that Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir was responsible for creating such a portfolio when he took over the state administration from Datuk Seri Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin after the BN coup in February that year.

“The portfolio for non-Muslim affairs is not new, it was first created by an Umno leader, Zambry back in 2009 in Perak.

“So why is Utusan attacking the Penang government then? Why not attack Umno who had first introduced it?” the DAP secretary-general today.

On Wednesday, the Penang government announced a new executive council portfolio to handle non-Muslim religious issues in the state, the first such portfolio in the country.