PKR rep claims treated like ‘criminal’ by Pakatan supporters

Aug 13, 2017
Norlela was the first to lodge complaints to the MACC on the illegal factory. Photo by Malay Mail Online

PETALING JAYA: A PKR Penang assemblyman is claiming she is being given the “pariah treatment” by Pakatan Harapan supporters after the detention of a DAP state executive councillor (exco) in an anti-corruption investigation, reported Malay Mail Online.

Norlela Ariffin, the news portal reported was the first to lodge complaints to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) about an illegal factory operating in Kampung Sungai Lembu.

It has since been linked to the exco.

She said that the MACC’s actions were beyond her control.

“People are saying why did you not wait until after the 14th general election to complain, I have been raising this issue since 2015, while the factory has been operating illegally for 10 years,” she was quoted by the news portal as saying.

“It is really sad that I am now being treated like a criminal, public enemy number one.”

She added she was always speaking out on issues that affected her constituency while illegal factories that operated in the state was a problem that was not given enough attention.

She said the PKR leadership was aware of her complaints on the factory and issues affecting her Penanti constituency as she had “raised the matter with the party before telling the authorities and taking it to the state legislative assembly.”

The exco along with the 70-year-old factory manager and his son, 37 were remanded for five days on Saturday to facilitate MACC investigations.