ALOR SETAR: The state government did not meet or hold discussions with the DAP on the controversy over the Ramadan ban on entertainment outlets, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak.
He said he had left it to the state administration to finalise the matter after meeting entertainment centre operators in Kedah.
“I was on sick leave and my phone was switched off on doctor’s orders to allow me to rest. I did not meet with (DAP adviser) Lim Kit Siang or (DAP chairman) Karpal Singh, but after my sick leave I met with a Kedah Federation of Chinese Guilds representative (last Saturday) who sent a memorandum on this issue.
“I will leave this matter to the local governments. I don’t want to be involved so we will see what their requirements are,” he said yesterday.
Azizan stressed that the state government did not bow to anyone’s demand when it decided to reverse the ban order.
“We took into consideration the plight of the outlet operators.
“They also presented the state with a memorandum promising not to allow Muslims into their premises during that period.
“A detailed mechanism on how to prevent Muslims from going to the premises during Ramadan will be discussed in a meeting between state secretary Datuk Rasli Basir and district officers,” he said.
Azizan was commenting on the state’s decision to withdraw the ban after intense criticism from various parties.
On Sunday, the PAS central working committee (CWC) met in Kuala Lumpur and ordered the Kedah government to reverse its decision to close all entertainment outlets during the fasting month of Ramadan.
State PAS Youth chief Ahmad Yahya said the retraction of the ban showed that the state was always open to negotiations.
“The state is also willing to accept the views of other races.”
However, he stressed that the state would closely monitor the entertainment centres to prevent Muslims from patronising them during Ramadan.
Those who allowed Muslims to enter their premises would face action, he added.
Kedah Chinese Assembly Hall president Datuk Cheng Lai Hock said the assembly was happy with the latest move and hoped that the outlet operators would adhere to the state directive.
tunku : the best answer from a "great" mb. my handphone was switched off and i don't know anything about it because i was sick.look at our pm, even during hospitalised still administrating the country from the hospital bed.anyway, dap need not meet pas to discuss for anything as they just need to order pas only. pas is in their hand and only a puppet for dap and pkr.