Sunday, March 30, 2003

Abdullah: PAS has no right to demand
for Ngs resignation

PENANG: PAS has no right to demand for the resignation of Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen as the Raub MP because this is an MCA affair, Acting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.
He said Dr Ng's fate should be decided by MCA who nominated her as a Barisan Nasional candidate in the last general election.
We do not know the actual situation yet. Whatever we have heard is merely a presumption,'' he said, referring to reports that Dr Ng was an Australian permanent resident when she was sworn in as a senator in 1993.
Abdullah said this yesterday after giving a talk at a seminar on Malaysia as an Islamic Country.
On Thursday, Pahang PAS acting Youth chief Nasruddin Hassan urged Dr Ng to resign for not revealing her Australian PR status.
He said the action was serious as it amounted to cheating, and urged the Pahang Barisan Nasional to take a strong stand since she was one of the coalition's elected representatives.
Pahang Barisan, he said, should not accept a leader who had foreign PR status.
On March 20, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said the controversy was purely academic as Dr Ng had revoked her Australian PR.
He said the Federal Constitution stated that it was wrong for a person to hold two citizenships but this did not apply to Dr Ng's case because the PR status did not equate to a citizenship.