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Friday, March 31, 2023

Himpunan Anak Kedah venue: Mat Sabu is lying, claims Kedah MB's political secretary

 Agriculture and Food Security Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Sabu has been accused of  lying regarding the reservation for Himpunan Anak Kedah venue. -Bernama file pic

ALOR STAR: Agriculture and Food Security Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Sabu has been accused of lying regarding the reservation for Himpunan Anak Kedah venue.

Kedah Menteri Besar's political secretary Mohd Hilmi Abd Wahab claimed Mohamad had lied when he denied that his ministry had ordered Maeps to bar the Kedah government from renting the venue.

Hilmi said on March 23, he had gone to Malaysia Agro Exposition Park (Maeps) together with his team for site visit and met with several parties including the venue management.

He claimed that the management of the site subsequently agreed for Kedah government to rent Hall A for the Himpunan Anak-Anak Kedah scheduled to be held on April 9.

"In the discussion with Maeps management and their caterer, we have agreed with the RM70,000 cost for venue rental and meals offered by the management.

"However, on March 29, 2023, I have received a Whatsapp from the event caterer to inform that the ministry has contacted Maeps management to inform not to allow the event to take place at the site.

"The reason given was because Datuk Seri Sanusi (Kedah Menteri Besar) was in the poster for the event and he was scheduled to attend the dinner," he said in a statement.

It was reported earlier today that Mohamad has fired a salvo at Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor for claiming that he had revoked an approval for an event venue involving Kedah menteri besar.

In a Facebook posting, Mohamad, or popularly known as Mat Sabu, said it was bewildering for Sanusi to make such claims.

Mohamad claimed that it was strange for the Kedah MB to say the approval for the hall rental had been revoked by the ministry since the Maeps hall management had yet to issue any letter of acceptance.

He also added that there was no problem with holding the Anak Terengganu event in Maeps and it would proceed as scheduled.

Mohamad also shared a screengrab of a message from Mardicorp – the agency that managed Maeps – that stated it was still preparing a quotation for the venue booking.

The message also stated that the agency had yet to issue any quotation or letter of acceptance to the organiser.

Yesterday, Sanusi claimed that the booking for a venue for a breaking of fast with Kedahans living in the Klang Valley this April 9 had been revoked.

The claims came a day after Sanusi, who is also Kedah PN chairman, uploaded a Facebook posting claiming that he had been barred from attending federal government events, including the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (Lima 2023) scheduled this May.

He had claimed that the decision was made by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's cabinet.

It was reported that Sanusi claimed that the cabinet directive to exclude him from Lima 2023 was informed by a ministry official to officers at the Menteri Besar Office on Tuesday.

However, yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi denied that the cabinet had issued such a directive. Despite Zahid's rebuttal, Sanusi insisted that he was still barred from Lima 2023. - NST

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