Report: Kedah MB digs in heels over federal event ‘blacklist’ claim

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Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor has insisted there is a Cabinet directive barring him from events organised by the federal government.

He told Utusan Malaysia today that the document was shown by a ministry official to an official of the Kedah Menteri Besar’s Office.

“A ministry had a meeting in Langkawi yesterday. The officer showed the Cabinet directive to an official of the Menteri Besar’s Office who had attended the meeting,” he was quoted as saying by the Malay daily.

Yesterday, Muhammad Sanusi claimed that he had been prevented from attending all federal government functions, including the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2023 (LIMA ‘23), which will take place next May.

Muhammad Sanusi also claimed that the directive was the latest decision taken by the Cabinet under the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim leadership.

He also pointed out that the iftar ceremony scheduled to be held on April 9 at the Malaysian Agricultural Expo Park (MAEPS) in Serdang, Selangor had also been cancelled by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.

“The Kedah state government has already paid the rent for the hall (but it was cancelled), however, the same event is expected to take place in Kuala Lumpur,” he said.

Muhammad Sanusi also claimed that some government departments are not allowed to cooperate with programmes involving the state government.

“Ask the district officials. They all know the instructions to certain departments to not cooperate or get involved with state programmes,” he was quoted as saying.

Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi denied to national news agency Bernama that any circular had been issued to bar Muhammad Sanusi from attending federal government events.