Tunku Aziz dropped, Penang names two new senators


DAP vice-president Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim has been dropped from his senator’s post, and his term ending May 30 will not be renewed.
Tunku Abdul Aziz was expected to face censure from the DAP after his remarks rejecting the April 28 Bersih 3.0 sit-in in Kuala Lumpur.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has openly chastised Tunku Aziz, saying his comment has placed the party in an “embarrassing position” when it supports Bersih, which stands for clean and fair elections.

The term of former state PKR secretary and current election director Mustafa Kamal Mohd Yusoff was also not renewed.

Today, Lim, the Penang Chief Minister, announced academician Ariffin Omar and former Malaysian Trades Union Congress chief Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud as the new senators nominated by the state.

Lim, the DAP secretary-general, thanked the two previous senators for their services to the senate.

He added that the parties - DAP and PKR - had decided on their two appointees.

Ariffin is former Aliran chief

Ariffin, 63 (left), a Penangite, studied at Universiti Sains Malaysia and obtained his PhD from the Australian National University in 1991.

He is an expert in Malay History, and had lectured at USM and Universiti Utara Malaysia before his attachment to Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia.

His most famous book, according to Lim was ‘Bangsa Melayu’, published in 1991 by Oxford University Press.

Ariffin was founder member, former president (1997) and first secretary (1978.) of reform movement Aliran.

“Based on his deep and wide experience, I believe that the proposal to appoint him as senator will enable him to represent the wishes and voice of the people of Penang,” Lim added.

Ariffin, who said he joined the DAP last year, thanked Lim for the appointment and said he will do his best for the state and senate.

Meanwhile, Syed Shahir, 60 (right), a well-known unionist, was born in Pahang and was former MTUC chief from 2004 to 2010.

“He has been active in the Malaysian workers movement for 38 years, and had represented Malaysia in various forums, proceedings, conferences at national and international levels,” said Lim.

Meanwhile, Tunku Aziz confirmed his tenure would not be extended when met by Bernama at a farewell gathering for members of the Senate whose term would be expiring at the Parliament house in Kuala Lumpur.
“Yes, the matter (not being reappointed) is true. It just a small sacrifice,” he said.

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