TAPAH, Aug. 22 – Perak Mentri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu today warned his state executive councilors against public discrepancies.
State Executive Councilor Abdul Aziz Bari made a statement last week suggesting that he did not agree with Ahmad Faizal's statement about the issue of property land to Felda settlers, new villages and planned villages.
Ahmad Faizal said he was not happy that executive council members had expressed views that differed from those of the state administration – especially through the media.
"They can talk to me openly at executive board meetings, they can meet me privately, my office is always open," he told journalists after attending a Hari Raya Aidiladha party in Chenderiang, here today.
"This is a new experience for all of us, including myself, but discipline can be improved."
Ahmad Faizal claimed last week that the issuing of property land titles would be unconstitutional, adding that the case would be referred to the National Land Council (NLC).
Abdul Aziz said, however, that there was nothing in the federal constitution that prevented the government of the state of Perak from issuing permanent ground titles to new villages.
Ahmad Faizal said that leaders should find the right time and place to give their opinion, rather than making statements when and when they want it.
"I will be positive, maybe the opinion is given with good intentions and I have to listen to it," he added.
"But I would also recommend the exco line-up to listen to their leaders, because we also have leaders above us."
Ahmad Faizal, however, noted that he had no problems with his exco members, including Abdul Aziz.
He noted that he had prayed to Hari Raya Aidiladha with Abdul Aziz and the other Islamic exco members this morning.
The Chenderiang mechanic emphasized that he did not feel any pressure on the problem, adding that he was confident that the matter would be resolved.
That is why he said that the state would set up a special workshop to find the best ways to implement the Pakatan Harapan manifesto in Perak, including the issuance of land titles.
The results of this discussion, he said, would then be transferred to the NLC, chaired by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Ahmad Faizal claimed that this would be the best way to choose between the two movements on this subject.
"Some believe that issuing these titles is in violation of the federal constitution and not others," he noted.
"The chairman of the NLC is also the chairman of Pakatan Harapan, and it should not be a problem to bring these two trends to the NLC that can offer us a clear solution.
"We are committed to fulfilling the promises that we have made in our manifesto, but this must be done without violating the federal constitution."