PN-linked NGO calls for Santhara to resign over NZ trip

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A youth-based non-governmental organisation linked to Perikatan Nasional (PN) has urged deputy federal territories minister Edmund Santhara to resign over his controversial trip to New Zealand.

In a statement, Negeri Sembilan Pemuda Negara chief R Sri Sanjeevan said Santhara had tarnished the coalition and Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s reputation with his irresponsible actions.

While maintaining that it was not wrong to go on holiday, he said a prolonged trip to a foreign country amid the pandemic was inexcusable, unless it was for official business.

“What about people who have not seen their parents for so long due to the interstate travel ban? Many could not pay their last respects to their deceased family members or friends due to interstate travel restrictions.


“Before it’s too late, I urge Santhara to resign and I hope the prime minister replaces him with another individual who can perform the duties entrusted to them,” said Sanjeevan, who is also the Malaysian Crime Watch Task Force (MyWatch) chairman.

The head of Pemuda Negara is Seberang Jaya assemblyman Afif Bahardin, who quit PKR to join PPBM last June.

It was reported yesterday that Santhara had returned from New Zealand last week and was being quarantined at home. Santhara’s private secretary, Muhammad Effi Arpan, confirmed the matter.

On March 1, in response to questions raised over his “disappearance” from the country, Santhara took to social media to explain that Muhyiddin had allowed him to go on leave for 55 days to be in New Zealand with his family, partly because his wife was ill.

The Segamat MP denied allegations that he left the country during the movement control order, clarifying that he left for Auckland on Dec 23 and was quarantined there until Jan 9. – FMT