Why didn't the Selangor government ask its economic advisor to take leave?
KUALA LUMPUR: The Selangor economic advisor's post held by Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is not an official postion thus he was not asked to go on leave while facing a sexual crime charge in court and following the sex-video scandal.
Parti Keadilan Rakyat Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin told The Mole Anwar's post as economic advisor does not exist under the official state administration hierarchy.
"Anwar's post is not an official post compared to Badrulamin (Bahron) and Elizabeth Wong. Both Badrulamin and Elizabeth worked directly under the Mentri Besar's office and while Anwar is merely an advisor," she added.
Zuraida dismissed claims that Pakatan Rakyat and PKR practised double standards in dealing with alleged khalwat (close proximity) case of Badrulamin who is Selangor government information chief.
Badrulamin was asked to take a month leave from his post in the state government until his name is cleared from the allegation.
A statement from Selangor Mentri Besar office also stated that in his absence the duties of the Information chief will be handled by the Mentri Besar's press secretariat.
Elizabeth Wong who is PKR Bukit Lanjan assemblywoman was also on a long leave following her nude pictures scandal in 2009.
Bayan Baru MP Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim had recently questioned the Selangor government's alleged double standards in such instances as Anwar was not asked to take leave pending the disposal of his sex crime case.
In his blog post Zahrain said, "I do not understand the double standards by opposition in Dr Badrulamin's issue. Why wasn't Anwar asked to take leave until the investigation of his sex-video scandal is complete?"
Zahrain said the sex video scandal with a foreign woman was more embarrassing than Badrulamin's khalwat case.
Selangor Pas deputy commissioner and Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad shared Zuraida's views.
"Anwar had denied his involvement in the sex-video scandal while in Badrulamin's case he confirmed he was involved in the allegation."
"If there was legal action and enough evidence against Anwar, I believe you can make these two issues parallel. But there was none. You cannot ask people to take leave simply based on unproven cases," he added.
Asked about Anwar's sodomy trial where the Opposition leader was called to defend himself, Khalid said Pakatan Rakyat leaders have dismissed the sodomy charge as a political cospiracy and that Anwar was the victim.
When told that Badrulamin has also denied the khalwat allegation, Khalid reiterated that Badrulamin's case was not the same as Anwar's sodomy charge or the sex video scandal.