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UMNO Youth to cooperate with PAS? - malaysiakini

Malaysiakini's report:

Among other highlights of today's session, Umno Youth chief hopeful Khairy Jamaluddin called on PAS Youth chief Salahuddin Ayub for a meeting to discuss alternatives to the ISA.

Khairy to PAS Youth: Let's talk ISA

Khairy Jamaluddin (BN-Rembau) invited Salahuddin Ayub (PAS-Kubang Kerian) to discuss with him the possible alternatives to the Internal Security Act (ISA) if the latter felt there was any room for preventive detention laws in the country.

Asking PAS Youth head Salahuddin during the latter's committee-level debate speech on the Budget 2009, Khairy said "we can sit down and discuss what can replace the ISA".

Agreeing to this suggestion, Salahuddin said PAS Youth was willing to engage with any party "as long as it is agreed that the ISA should be abolished".

Do not racialise tourism, Pakatan told

Tourism Minister Azalina Othman Said told Pakatan Rakyat leaders not to "racialise" tourism practices with such actions as done by the Penang government in putting up road signs in multiple languages.

In reply to a supplementary question by Chong Eng (DAP-Bukit Mertajam), who sought to defend the Penang government's move, Azalina said there was no relation between the languages in which road signs were written and tourists.

There are enough sign boards put up especially for foreign tourists, while the tourism ministry has also printed numerous brochures and pamphlets in the different languages so that foreign tourists can read about tourist destinations in the country, said Azalina.

"If the issue of tourists is related to road signs, what would be the answer of those to my reply that there were 1.1 million tourists (last year) from Thailand - should road signs be in Thai as well?" she asked.

In the ruckus that ensued Chong's question, Lilah Yasin (BN-Jempol) called out: "Don't injure the feelings of Malays".

Ibrahim Ali (Independent-Pasir Mas) also was heard interjecting that "such signs contravene the federal constitution".

Such was the ruckus in Dewan over the issue that Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia - who remarked that "this does not sound like a Dewan but a street (market)!" - forgot the order of questions and directed Richard Riot Jaem (BN-Serian) to ask his question (Number 5) ahead of Abdul Halim Abdul Rahman (PAS-Pengkalan Chepa).

Azmi Khalid (BN-Padang Besar), in his supplementary question, asked: "Why are they (Penang leaders) so eager (to change road signs)? Is there an element of chauvinism? When they have become rulers of a state, they do things as if they are willing to forget heritage and history."


matalebam said...

Khairy wants to talk with Salahuddin on ISA? I must say Im quite surprised anyone from BN is willing to even talk openly! We'll wait to see what he says, but at least its a step forward in BN reform, if its gonna reform at all!