Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir

KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 6): Former Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir approves of the move to relocate the MB’s residence.

Zambry also feels that the current official residence for the Perak MB is no longer suitable to be lived in, reported the New Straits Times (NST).

“Perak Menteri Besar’s official residence is a form of state institution. Whoever becomes Menteri Besar stays there. But when the building is dilapidated and not strategic, it is a good move to relocate it,” Zambry told the media after attending the opening of 14th State Legislative Assembly in Ipoh today.

Zambry, however, also said that the Pakatan Harapan (PH) opposed his proposal to construct a new residence when Barisan Nasional (BN) led the state government.

The PH opposition then described it as a waste of resources.

“The previous government had come out with this proposal for the umpteenth time but it became a political issue, describing the construction of a new residence was a waste,” he said.

“I do not want to object but I feel like whatever the current government is doing, it is alright and can’t be argued. Their reason to have a new residence due to the safety factor is not new to me as we have given the same reason previously,” the NST reported Zambry saying.

The current Perak MB Ahmad Faizal Azumu announced a few days ago that the MB’s official residence may be put up for sale as it is no longer suitable to be occupied.

He said the security aspect was one of the reasons why the official residence could no longer be occupied apart from its unsuitable location, reported Bernama.

“Now several buildings are being erected around the house and it is no longer suitable for an MB (Menteri Besar) to stay, not just me but anyone in the future.

“I have informed the Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah about this matter.”

Ahmad Faizal said the value of the residential land where the MB’s residence is situated on is fairly high and many projects could be implemented such as housing for state executive councillors.

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