A Penang-based Malay group has taken the Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor to task for his repeated attacks against Penang over the last few months.
Penang Malay Association (Pemenang) president Tan Sri Yussof Latiff said the Kedah lawmaker has issued too many unwarranted public “threats” against Penang.
“He has been going through the media to threaten Penang over water, over land, over various issues and the most recent, telling people to come to Penang if they want to buy lottery numbers,” he said in a press conference at Pemenang headquarters in Penang.
He said Sanusi must remember that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al- Mustafa Billah Shah is the head of Islam in Penang.
“By giving the impression that Penang is a gambling state, he is disrespecting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong as the head of Islam in Penang,” he said.
Yussof, who is also president of Penang Malay Heritage Trust Organisation, reminded Sanusi that Penang and Kedah are on the same level as both are states under Malaysia.
He said if Sanusi wants to claim anything from Penang, be it for water or the honorarium payment for Penang island and Seberang Perai, he should discuss it with the federal government and relevant ministries internally.
“Why does he need to publicly issue these threats against Penang? This is not the way to do things,” he said.
“Why does it seem like (Sanusi is) threatening Penang when he himself used to study in this state,” he added.
The media reported recently that Sanusi would continue to ‘pulun’ to demand for various payments from the federal and state governments despite objections by various quarters.
Yussof reminded Sanusi that his position is temporary and that he is holding it in trust for the future generation.
“He must remember that the current power he has as MB is temporary, and it is not forever,” he said.
Meanwhile, asked whether Sanusi had used issues related to Penang to cover up his administration’s weaknesses and issues in Kedah, Yussof said he did not want to comment further on the matter.
“Let other people think, I do not want to comment on whether he used the Penang issue for his own political gain,” he said.