Deputy minister defends New Zealand trip to see family

Deputy Federal Territories Minister Edmund Santhara says he will sue the Batu MP for defamation over allegations that he had re-entered the country to attend Federal Territories Day. – Facebook pic, March 1, 2021.

THE deputy Federal Territories minister said today he was granted 55 days’ leave, including unpaid leave, to visit his family in New Zealand.

Edmund Santhara applied for leave through Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa on December 3 and Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin approved it on December 18.

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  • Still you are a member of Parliament that needs to be in Malaysia to handle local issues. If you cannot commit your time for Malaysians, the honorable thing to do is resign.. Regardless whether you took unpaid leave or not.

    Posted 1 month ago by Against Corruption

  • YB Santhara, proceed with the court proceedings against the Batu MP. Let the court decide whos the real culprit..

    Posted 1 month ago by SYED ABDULLAH BIN MOHAMED

  • This is the arrogance displayed by a government leader who also happens to be a multi-millionaire and is threatening to sue a person who merely highlighted his absence! Please resign and devote all your attention to your family. No one will complain and no one will miss you here.

    Posted 1 month ago by Simple Sulaiman

  • Reasons given are not good enough!!!

    Posted 1 month ago by Dr. Sharifah Munirah Alatas

  • Reasons are not good enough. Granted 55 days of leave, and approved by the PM, inclusive of UNPAID leave. All this is immaterial. As a public figure, he should communicate with the public BEFORE this extended escapade. By all means, get permission to go abroad for such a long period of time, to BE A GOOD FATHER, or ATTENTIVE HUSBANDwe all love a good story. But, BE TRANSPARENT ABOUT IT. Why wait till it was raised by the Sarawak Report or splashed all over social media before explaining?

    Bottom line, this has everything to do with honesty and transparency. If one has something to hide, one obfuscates the truth. So? The rakyat isnt silly putty to be manipulated!

    Posted 1 month ago by Dr. Sharifah Munirah Alatas

  • We all have children overseas. We all want to spend time with our family who lives away too. As long as we are working for somebody and receiving a salary we cannot abandon our job and go away for 55 days. Unless one is very ill there is no way a company will grant someone 55 days leave paid or unpaid for family reunion purpose. Today there is zoom and whatsapp and video call etc. Santara can communicate w them via these tools. It sounds like a lousy flimsy excuse to us.

    Posted 1 month ago by Elyse Gim

  • Honor and reputation are in scarce supply for someone who has previously betrayed and backstabbed the voters who voted him in on the basis of his false promises.
    When one has no reputation nor honor to start with, there is no further case for defamation.
    Stand for election again, and see if you will even have a deposit left to collect.
    Does this man dare to resign to face the voters wrath?

    Posted 1 month ago by Arul Inthirarajah