Chief Secretary to the Government Mohd Sidek Hassan today defended Penang State Development Officer Nik Ali Mat Yunus and described the allegations by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng against Nik Ali as excessive and should not have been made in the open.
Mohd Sidek (below), who is also the cabinet secretary, said the cabinet at its meeting today took a serious view on Lim's statement against Nik Ali particularly on the issue over illegal sand mining in Balik Pulau, demolition of the arches at the Penang Botanical Garden and the allegation that no seat was provided for the Penang Chief Minister during the launch of the Penang Hill Railway.
"These three issues, for which Nik Ali was blamed by the Penang chief minister, were not under the jurisdiction of the officer as the state development officer," Mohd Sidek said in his brief statement today.
He said the Penang chief minister should follow the correct procedure by channelling complaints on these issues to the relevant department/agency. Previous press reports stated that the rift between Lim and Nik Ali emerged when the chief minister was alleged to have made several statements criticising the officer.
Among other things, Lim had labelled Nik Ali as "incompetent, useless, unprofessional and a coward" and that he should be sacked with regard to the issue on the illegal sand mining in Balik Pulau.
Soalnya KM ini adalah Lim Guan Eng dari Pakatan Rakyat, tak kan Ketua Setiausaha Kerajaan akan salahkan pegawainya. Kalau peristiwa yang sama berlaku di Johor,Melaka atau mana2 negeri di bawah tadbiran MB BN sudah lama Nik Ali ini dah masuk dalam tong sampah.
Sebagai Ketua Setiausaha Kerajaan,dia patut bersifat neutral, malah patut siasat dulu dan beri nasihat bukan terus menyokong pegawai tersebut.
Apa boleh buat, anjing tak akan menggigit tangan tuannya yang memberi makan......