Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Kit Siang's 'richest unemployed' riles up Khairy - Malaysiakini

Beh Lih Yi | May 6, 08 8:09pm
The 'richest unemployed (person) in the world.'

This remark riled up Khairy Jamaluddin (BN-Rembau) who locked horns with veteran politician Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timor) in the Dewan Rakyat today.

The shouting match started when Khairy interrupted Lim's debate on the royal address, where the DAP supremo was stressing a point on the government's anti-corruption fight.

Khairy asked Lim whether the other four states under the Pakatan Rakyat rule will follow Penang's footstep and practise open tender for state projects.

"Are we going to see an uniformity in Perak, Kedah, Selangor and Kelantan as well for an open tender system?" asked the first time MP and son-in-law of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

This led Lim to ask Khairy if he agreed with the Penang state government’s move and a ruckus erupted when the DAP leader took a swipe at the Umno Youth deputy chief.

The backbenchers joined in the fray.

"It seems he (Khairy) agrees and supports (Penang's move), so we thank you. Whether this will be done in other states, we will discuss but what is most important is the principle of accountability, transparency and good governance.

"Among others we want to know how did a person who has declared himself as unemployed can become the richest unemployed in the world? How an unemployed can sell off his shares in ECM Libra? Unemployed? Where did the money come from?" said Lim.

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