SHAH ALAM: Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali gave state Amanah deputy chief Saari Sungib a roasting with an early morning tweet asking if the latter was “begging” for an exco position.
Azmin’s wrath yesterday morning was in response to Saari’s question in a forum organised by Gerakbudaya on Sunday asking whether Azmin was using “palace politics” to validate his reason for not dumping PAS from the state administration.
Speaking to reporters later yesterday after delivering his closing address at a forum on Freedom of Information organised by the Speaker’s Office, Azmin said PAS was being retained in the Selangor state administration in line with the people’s mandate in the 2013 general election.
“I am here to defend the democratic process. I am here to defend democracy and the mandate given by the people in 2013,’’ said Azmin.
He added that Selangor should be an example of how the state government could be inclusive to protect the best interest of the people.
Azmin also advised all parties concerned to show the state’s royal institution due respect and be thankful that the palace did not interfere in the state’s administration or in political matters.
“Do not make statements which can create the wrong assumption or perception,’’ said Azmin.
When approached by reporters, Saari who was also at the forum said there was a perception that Azmin was retaining PAS to ensure the state administration had a Malay majority.
“People want to know if this was true and the mentri besar must explain about this politely and nicely,’’ Saari.
Earlier in his closing speech at the FOI forum, Azmin said the disclosure of information should be the default rule and not the exception.
“Laws on freedom of information should be seen from the prism of public entitlement to access official information. Freedom of information is, therefore, a right and not merely a privilege,” he said.
He added Selangor will need to boost the infrastructure of the state FOI Enactment, increase numbers of personnel, train information officers and allow for greater public participation in state affairs.
Azmin said he is determined to make Selangor an exemplary state by safe guarding the people’s right to know.