Kedah Times merasakan yang MB Kedah keseorangan sekarang ini dalam isu AUKU yang mana beliau mempertahankan penggunaannya di KUIN.
Setpol, Zul Yahaya dan KedahLani pun senyap sunyi tidak berkokok apabila Azizan diserang oleh pemimpin dalaman PAS dan PKR sendiri.
Begitu juga penyokong-penyokong lain yang apabila timbul isu berkaitan dengan UMNO akan menyalak sehingga runtuh bukit. Tetapi dalam isu AUKU di KUIN, mereka ibarat kura-kura yang menyorok dalam tempurung kerasnya.
Maka tinggallah Azizan seorang diri. Nampaknya Azizan semakin ditinggalkan PAS. Mungkin... mungkin ... mungkin benteng terakhir yang mempertahankan Azizan adalah UMNO. Sapa tahu!
Kedah MB under siege over action on students
THE independent-minded Menteri Besar of Kedah, Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak, will have to justify his latest executive decision before the same panel which sacked Datuk Dr Hasan Ali of Selangor on Jan 8, a top party leader said yesterday.
Azizan, 66, has already been subjected to a dressing down by Pakatan Rakyat officials over the suspension of five students of state-owned Kolej Universiti Insaniah (KUIN) against whom the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971 (UUCA) was reportedly invoked.
Azizan is chairman of Kuinuin while Pakatan Rakyat had proclaimed, in its manifesto, the intention of repealing the act. Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, the 29-year-old communications director of Parti Keadilan Rakyat, for instance, had aired his disapproval of the move to suspend the students.
They had protested against Kuinuin’s decision to turn its hostel into the Kedah government’s smart school, Sekolah Insan Bestari, last April.
Days after Nik Nazmi had told Azizan and state governments under Pakatan Rakyat not to depart from the coalition line over UUCA, Pas deputy president Mohamad Sabu said yesterday Azizan would have to explain the Kuin decision at the next meeting of the party’s central working committee.
Mohamad said the party leadership would consider Azizan’s views before reaching a decision. “Pas is against the act (UUCA) and that is our stand,” Mohamad told reporters here yesterday when asked to comment on a statement by Pas Dewan Ulama chief Datuk Harun Taib that DAP and PKR, allies of Pas, should not interfere in decisions made by the Pas-led Kedah state government. Mohamad, popularly known as Mat Sabu, said discordant views would be treated as personal opinion.
“We do not agree with UUCA and that is also stated in our manifesto, as well as Pakatan Rakyat’s.” Azizan, who is also Kedah Pas commissioner, had defended the decision to suspend the five, saying that there must be no outside interference, as it was a local issue and not related to the opposition’s pledge to abolish the act. In an online report on Saturday, Azizan was quoted as saying that “the Buku Jingga was not the Quran, which must be followed through all the time”.
In an immediate reaction to Mat Sabu, Azizan said in Alor Star he had no time to dwell on the controversy. Asked to comment on the need for him to explain the university’s decision to suspend the students to his party leaders soon, he said: “It has almost been a year since Kuin took disciplinary action. “Why kick up the fuss now?” he asked, when contacted, yesterday. Pressed for further comments, Azizan said: “Well, we will see how it goes.”
He said he had his plate full, especially with preparations for the general election.
“I have so many things to do at the moment. I am also busy preparing for the general election,” he said before cutting short the telephone conversation. Rumours had surfaced last September over Azizan’s position as menteri besar, that he might quit due to health reasons, something which he vehemently denied.
Hasan, on his part was replaced as Selangor Pas commissioner after the May 2011 party polls which, among others, elected Mat Sabu as the No. 2. Hasan was sacked for actions deemed detrimental to the party, after which Pas leaders defended the action, suggesting that they were not forced into the sacking by PKR and DAP. Hasan had complained that he was summarily dismissed without proper disciplinary proceedings.