Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hello Selangor State Exco, WERE YOU BRIBED TO KEEP QUIET?


August 6, 2014
Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser
So far in the Selangor Menteri Besar controversy, the wrong people – namely Pakatan Rakyat leaders outside the state leadership – have been making allegations against the Menteri Besar amidst much sound and fury. Actually, the only people who are accountable to the voters of Selangor are the Executive Council members who have been part of Khalid Ibrahim’s Cabinet all these years. We have heard so many allegations against Khalid but the state Cabinet, except for one, has been silent.
So far, only DAP State Exco member Teng Chang Khim has stepped forward to defend Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, disagreeing with claims that the Selangor Mentri Besar has been acting unilaterally on a number of key administrative matters. Teng has said that it is not true that Khalid had not consulted others when making important decisions, or that the Selangor executive council was “kept in the dark” over a new water deal that was signed between the state government and the federal government recently. The Selangor Local Government, Research and Development Committee chairman was quoted in the local media on 5 August 2014:
It is not a true picture. He (Khalid) didn’t make decisions on his own without going through the Exco (state executive council)… The notice to attend (the signing ceremony) may have been short but the matter has been discussed.”
Now, would you believe a Selangor State Exco member who is prepared to bear collective responsibility for the MB’s decisions or would you believe someone who is not in the state cabinet?
Well, you may say Teng is just one out of the whole state cabinet. But if silence from the rest of the state cabinet is not to be interpreted as consent then they have forfeited their right! You can’t have your cake and eat it; you can’t enjoy a minister’s salary and allowances but plead ignorance when it’s your collective responsibility to bear!
For years, we have rightly criticised Ministers of BN component parties for being UMNO puppets and that is what Reformasi was supposed to change, wasn’t it? The hope was to reinstate good governance demonstrated by collective leadership incorporating transparency, democracy, accountability and public participation.
So now, let’s hear our state Executive council members speak – Has Tan Sri Khalid lived up to these principles in the last 6 years as Selangor MB? If not, why didn’t you speak out or resign in protest?

1 comment:

kronos743 said...

Dammed if you talk Dammed if you don't

What so difficult?

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