Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The government will not be weakened by Zaid’s resignation

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the government is strong and will not be weakened by Zaid’s resignation as the government is not dependent on a single individual.

He said the government’s move to introduce law reforms in the country will definitely continue, whether the minister responsible for the reforms, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, is around or not.

De facto Law Minister Senator Datuk Zaid Ibrahim once had his party membership suspended, and was denied the chance to contest in the election to retain his parliamentary seat.

Nevertheless, he was handpicked by Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to be appointed as a Cabinet minister despite the fact that he was not an elected representative, and be charged with the duties to oversee judicial reforms.

Six months after being handpicked, he resigned as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department but remains as a Senator. Is he “kacang lupakan kulit?”

He was reported to have submitted his resignation letter to Abdullah on Monday, a day after he had expressed unhappiness over the manner the government had used the Internal Security Act (ISA) on Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng; Seputeh Member of Parliament and senior Selangor state executive councilor Teresa Kok and blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin.

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