Friday, February 17, 2006

"MITI plays the Secretariat role in the implementation of any policy or decision made by the committee"

"Who's Your Momma!": Baru 3 Days Selamat Only , Sudah Controversy

Hope I'm not too late to blog about this coz I can't resist after seeing Taiko's and this latest news.

Baru 3 Days Selamat Only , Sudah Controversy.

Before this:

“I am still in charge of the APs,” Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz declared.

The International Trade and Industry Minister made this point clear yesterday, at her first official function since the new Cabinet line-up was announced on Tuesday.

Despite the committee set up in the Prime Minister’s Department and chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to look into AP-related issues, Rafidah said matters relating to the issuance of approved permits for car imports were fully under the jurisdiction of her ministry.

Only when problems arose would the committee be involved, she said.

“The committee, of which I am also a member, will handle problems like vehicles being stuck at ports,” she told newsmen after announcing the performance of the manufacturing and related services sectors last year.

”This is the kind of matters that the committee will deal with, things that are related to the Customs Department and which have nothing to do with the ministry.

“It does only that. Administrative matters concerning APs are still under Miti.”

...and also this.

"You wanna know who's your momma, let me show you who's momma. I've got God's mandate (and build The Great WallAP), you know!" Picture via http://www.fabric8.com/bazaar/images/MG0100_alt.gif

But just not too long ago, she had her foot in her mouth:

Committee In PM Dept Fully Responsible For AP, Says Abdullah

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 17 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Friday clarified that a committee in the Prime Minister's Department, chaired by his deputy, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, was fully responsible for considering and deciding on policies related to the Approved Permits (APs) for vehicles.

He said the committee was also responsible for resolving any problems arising from the implementation of policies related to AP.

These would also include problems that arise involving the roles played other agencies such as the Customs Department or the Transport Ministry, he told Bernama here Friday.

"The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) plays the Secretariat role in the implementation of any policy or decision made by the committee," Abdullah said.

International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz is a member of the committee, the prime minister said.

An English daily newspaper Friday claimed that Rafidah had said at a function in the city Thursday that she was still responsible for the AP and that the committee would play a role only in the event of a problem.

In the cabinet reshuffle announced Tuesday, Rafidah was retained in her portfolio, with Abdullah saying that his decision was based on the fact that Rafidah's expertise and service were still required.

The AP issue became a controversy last year when several factions raised questions on the manner in which the APs were issued by MITI.

"Expertise and service were still required". Erhmmm....

I sense that she bears some sheer resemblance with someone here...