September 26, 2014
This is a reasonable approach to take since the deals were done during the final days of the Khalid Administration. The substantial increase in the salaries and allowances of ADUNs is not reasonable and should be cut down drastically. I am personally interested in 2014-2015 Selangor state budget proposala as these will signal the start of the new Administration. YAB Azmin, please do what is in the best interest of people of Selangor.–Din Merican
MB Azmin Ali requested to review All Agreements and Deals made by Khalid Ibrahim
With the new state exco line-up over and done with, Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali has been asked to start reviewing all past agreements and deals made during the previous administration.
De facto PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, in a press conference attended by Azmin and four of the party’s exco members today, said attention should be given to two major deals. The two are: the proposed Kinrara-Puchong Expressway project (Kidex) and the water restructuring agreement, both controversial during Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim’s watch.
“PKR fully supports Azmin’s statement that the new administrators will review all the approvals granted for Kidex, especially as it appears to benefit Putrajaya’s cronies. This also includes the water restructuring deal with Putrajaya,” Anwar said.
He said Khalid had failed to brief the party on the water restructuring deal and its approvals. “The new administration should set the example in being transparent and honest. I give my full and undivided support to the new Menteri Besar.”
The Opposition Leader also said Azmin administration should review the pay hike of assembly members that was announced in November last year as it was deemed too high. “We are aware that the last salary increase and allowances were higher than the salary of the Prime Minister.
“In the last Pakatan Rakyat’s council meeting, Khalid had been advised to lower the hike to a more reasonable rate. But that did not materialise.” Anwar said the party advised Azmin to discuss the matter at the next state assembly.
In November last year, the state legislative assembly had approved the salary hike of all 56 members of the assembly effective January 1, this year, with the Deputy Speaker receiving the highest increase of 373.3%. This sparked criticism from various parties, including Azmin and Anwar who denounced the move. Meanwhile, Azmin told party members that he would ensure that his administration would be manage the state with integrity.
“The de facto leader had earlier mentioned the need to ensure that this new administration will be governed by clear principles of integrity, honesty, trust, good governance and care.And, these will be the core values we uphold.”
Azmin, who is the Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman, promised to ensure that the wealth of the state would be spent wisely and responsibly. “We strive to ensure the well-being of the people and ensure that the wealth of Selangor will be spent wisely and responsibly.”
Azmin was sworn in as the new Selangor Menteri Besar on Tuesday, ending the long-winded tussle in the state. His new exco line-up includes PKR’s Elizabeth Wong (Bukit Lanjan), Dr Daroyah Alwi (Sementa), Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (Seri Setia), and Amiruddin Shari (Batu Caves); DAP’s Datuk Teng Chang Khim (Sungai Pinang), Ean Yong Hian Wah (Seri Kembangan), and V. Ganabatirau (Kota Alam Shah); and PAS’s Iskandar Samad (Cempaka), Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi (Sijangkang) and Zaidy Abdul Talib (Taman Templer). They were sworn in today.