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KLANG – The Selangor government hasits own approach of addressing corruption by making it compulsory for all state executive council (exco) members to pledge that they do not have any interests in any papers tabled at the council meeting, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

He said it was a proactive measure by the state government to address corruption and power abuse among the exco members, as well as board of directors of state government subsidiaries and civil servants.

“Before the weekly state exco meeting, which is held every Wednesday, all exco members are required to sign a pledge which states that they have no interests in any papers tabled (at the meeting).

“Likewise at the state government subsidiaries, such as PKNS, where before a meeting is held, all the board members are required to sign a similar pledge,” when met by reporters after opening the Save Water Programme at Pangsapuri Pelangi Court, Jalan Pekan Baru here.

He said this in response to a statement by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner  Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad that three state governments, namely Penang, Selangor and Kelantan had yet to give their commitment to sign the Corruption Free Pledge  (IBR).

Mohamed Azmin said the Selangor government supported efforts by MACC to combat corruption.

In another development, Mohamed Azmin, who is also Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR)  vice-president, refuted an allegation that no DAP leaders was named in the line-up of Pakatan Harapan leadership.

He said DAP was given an important post, with Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng as deputy president, alongside Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) and Mohamad Sabu of Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah).
Last Friday, Pakatan Harapan announced its new leadership line-up with PPBM chairman  Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as its chairman, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the de facto leader and Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as president.

Meanwhile, on today’s programme, Mohamed Azmin said the per capita usage of treated water in Selangor was among the highest in the region at 250 litre per day and expressed the need for the people to use water prudently.

He said only 30 per cent of treated water is used for cooking and drinking, while the remaining is used to wash vehicles and clothing and water plants.

In Singapore, the the rate is only 150 litre a day, while in Thailand it is 90 litre per day, he said.

The recommended rate on per capita use of treated water by the World Health organisation (WHO) is 165 litre per day.

On water reserve margin in Selangor, he said, it was at 4.34 per cent end of last year, but dropped to 3.54 per cent this year due to increase in water demand. – BERNAMA

SHAH ALAM – The eviction exercise involving the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in USJ 25, Puchong has been put on hold, says Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

He said he would be meeting the relevant stakeholders within two weeks to discuss and find a suitable solution into the relocation exercise of the 124-year-old Hindu temple.

“In view of the fact that this is an old temple and the concerns raised by the community, I have spoken to the developer concerned and persuaded them to put their eviction of the temple on hold,” he said in a statement here today.

Over the last few days, devotees and several MIC leaders began gathering at the Hindu temple located off the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP), spurred by a message spreading on social media that the temple would be demolished.

Mohamed Azmin said he was made to understand the demolition of the temple was under the initiative of the developer of the area, One City Development Sdn Bhd, who had obtained a court order giving the company possession of the temple land.

“I am also informed that there is now a dispute over this court order,” he said. – BERNAMA

SHAH ALAM – Political leaders in Selangor must adhere to the guidelines set by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) on organising of events in mosques and surau so as to maintain the sanctity of these places of worship, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

He said Muslim and non-Muslim political leaders should abide by the rules in respecting mosques and surau as places of worship which also unite Muslims.

“Elected representatives are allowed to organise events at the mosques and surau, but have them in the mosque or surau compound, not in the prayer area.

“On Subang member of parliament R. Sivarasa making a speech at a mosque in Subang last week, I had an audience with the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah yesterday to explain the situation,” he told reporters after chairing a state executive council meeting, here, today.

Sivarasa allegedly marred the sanctity of An Nur Mosque in Kampung Melayu Subang, near here, when he gave a political speech in the mosque, last Wednesday.

The Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) elected representative, however, denied giving a talk at the mosque, but said he was there to give a short speech on the state government’s commitment to continue assisting mosques and surau in the state.

Mohamed Azmin, who is also PKR vice-president, said Sivarasa had met him to explain the situation but he (Azmin) declined to elaborate on what was discussed.

Mohamed Azmin also clarified that Sivarasa was not representing him as the event was organised by the Subang MP’s office .

Meanwhile, Selangor UMNO Liaison chief Tan Sri Noh Omar said the repeat of such incidents involving non-Muslim political leaders showed the individuals’ lack of respect and understanding of the sensitivities of Muslims.

Noh who is also Housing and Local Government Minister, said the issue was not something new because previously, a female elected representative from DAP had also committed the same misdemeanor.

“Although there was public outcry over this, it is still happening now due to the attitude of individuals who might have no respect or are ignorant of Muslim religious sensitivities,” he told reporters after distributing rice porridge to the staff of the ministry, here, today.

Yesterday, JAIS director Datuk Haris Kasim reportedly said Sultan Sharafuddin had expressed his anger and disappointment with the MP who was alleged to have given a talk on politics in the mosque.

According to Haris, the Sultan conveyed his displeasure over the matter to him personally and had ordered JAIS to take immediate action against the mosque committee and event organiser.

Several photographs of Sivarasa at the mosque have also gone viral, causing uneasiness among various parties. – BERNAMA

SHAH ALAM – The Selangor state government has rejected the proposal by the federal government for 60:40 takeover of equities in Syarikat Pengeluar Air Selangor Holdings Bhd (Splash).

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said the proposal was premature as the state government had yet to receive feedback from the Cabinet concerning the views of independent valuers concerning the takeover.

“The state government received a letter from the federal government dated March 6, 2017, asking for our stand on the payment mode for the takeover of Splash, which is 60 percent by the federal government through Pengurusan Aset Air Berhad (PAAB) and 40 percent by the state government.

“The state government through a letter dated March 17, 2017, stressed that it did not agree with the ratio,” he said.

Mohamed Azmin was replying to a question from Datuk Sulaiman Abd Razak (BN-Permatang), on the preparations made by the state government to pay for 40 percent of the Splash equity takeover.

The state government had earlier offered RM2.975 billion for the takeover. – BERNAMA

SHAH ALAM – Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) will stick to its stand not to sever ties with PAS although PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has likened cooperating with other political parties to “memikul biawak hidup”, meaning, carrying an unnecessary burden.

PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said PKR still believed in mutuality in the opposition pact and would respect any differences of opinion.

“Keadilan (PKR) at the central, state and divisional levels has never severed ties with friends.”

He said this to reporters after attending the opening of the Fifth Session of the 13th Selangor State Legislative Assembly by the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, here, today.

On Abdul Hadi’s remark of ‘memikul biawak hidup’ (carrying a live monitor lizard), Mohamed Azmin said, “Please do not use such a term, not proper in public, as we should be using better words, nicer to hear.

“We should have mutual respect because even if we argue with our enemy, there’s no need to use such (unpleasant) terms.”

Last Saturday, the social media reported Abdul Hadi as saying that PAS would not be with Pakatan Harapan or Barisan Nasional (BN) in facing the next general election.

Abdul Hadi said cooperating with other parties was like “memikul biawak hidup”, and PAS would be taking its own approach in facing the 14th general election. – BERNAMA

SHAH ALAM – Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali’s mother aged
82, passed away at 2.14am today at KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital, following
a stroke.

The menteri besar’s political secretary, Shuhaimi Shafiei said Che Tom
Yahaya’s remains would initially be brought to Masjid Darul Ehsan, Taman TAR,
Ampang for the necessary process and prayers.

“The body is expected to arrive at the family residence at Kampung Klang
Gate, Hulu Kelang around 9am before burial at the local muslim cemetery at
11am,” he said in a statement here today.

On Feb 11, Mohamed Azmin was reported to have disclosed that his mother
suffered a stroke four months ago and was being treated at the hospital.

He said Che Tom was improving and would soon be moved to the normal ward
from the intensive care unit.

However, her situation became critical and the menteri besar said he was
advised by doctors that his mother might not recover.
— BERNAMA

SHAH ALAM – Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali earlier today announced his resignation as the Selangor Football Association (FAS) president.

He cited disappointment with the attitude and culture practiced by FAS exco lineup as among the chief reasons for his resignation.

In a statement from the MB’s office, Azmin said Selangor state government exco member Amirudin Shari is also stepping down as FAS team manager.

“The FAS executive committee, through an Extraordinary Congress in Dec 2014, had unanimously agreed to appoint me as the new FAS president, and I welcomed this appointment with the hope of making positive changes in its management as well as the development of state football.

“Amirudin Shari, in his capacity as a state exco member in charge of Youth Development and Sports, was also appointed as the state football team manager to reinforce the quality of the sports, including the setup of Akademi Merah Kuning, which is aimed at polishing the talents of young footballers in Selangor.

“We had been working hard to provide financial funding to these efforts and to ensure the welfare of Selangor football players through transparent and prudent financial management.

“Unfortunately, during our two years with FAS, we did not see the readiness of the FAS exco to support the efforts towards positive changes. The association exco members continued with their old attitude and culture of excessive politics, old-fashioned way of doing things, and over dependency on subsidy mentality,” said Azmin.

In the statement, Azmin also claimed that FAS exco had failed to produce a strategic plan to manage the football association, including a professional administration organisation as recommended by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).

He claimed the FAS exco continued to wallow in irresponsible politicking to the frustration of Selangor folk, especially its football fans.

“Thus, Amirudin and I made the decision to no longer be with an organisation which is not committed to the agenda of change towards returning Selangor football to its glory days.”

In ending the statement, Azmin said the state government would continue to support football development in Selangor, but through new ways that would be decided later. He said Selangor football fans can be rest assured that their glory days can be achieved through management that is clean and with integrity.

The FAS management fiasco, which had been snowballing over the past few months, recently received the attention of the Raja Muda of Selangor Tengku Amir Shah.

Tengku Amir had via his official Instagram account last Friday suggested for the current FAS exco lineup “to respectfully move aside” if they are not able to improve the Red Giants’ situation. –NST

KUALA LUMPUR – Former Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today gave his statement to the Bukit Aman Police over the allegation that he had revealed government secrets in the Dewan Rakyat recently.

The Pagoh Member of Parliament arrived at the Bukit Aman Police headquarters at 10 am and exited the building two hours later.

Speaking to reporters later, Muhyiddin said an assistant commissioner of police (ACP) recorded his statement concerning his speech when debating the Supply Bill 2017 at the recent Dewan Rakyat sitting.

“As a Member of Parliament, I have the parliamentary immunity as provided by the Federal Constitution…Parliament is the most appropriate platform for its members to perform their duties,” he said.

Also present were Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali and Batu Member of Parliament Tian Chua.

On Nov 4, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar was reported as saying that three former Cabinet ministers would be investigated under the Sedition Act 1948 and the Official Secret Act 1972 for allegedly revealing government secrets, including those linked to 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

Former Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal already gave his statement to Bukit Aman on Nov 7, while former Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah has yet to do so. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The Selangor Government will file an application to postpone the Election Commission’s (EC) inquiry proceedings pending decision on an application for a judicial review on the redelineation of electoral boundaries in the state.

Counsel S. Ambiga, representing the state government, spoke to reporters after the management before High Court Judge Datuk Hanipah Farikullah in chambers today.

The proceeding was attended by senior federal counsel Maisarah Juhari, who was representing the EC, its chairman, Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah and secretary, Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh.

“The judicial review application will be academic if the application to postpone the inquiry is not allowed by the court,” Ambiga said, adding that the application would be filed on Monday.

She said the court fixed Nov 28 to hear the application.

On Oct 19, the Selangor government, represented by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, filed an application for leave for a judicial review to challenge the proposed redelineation of electoral boundaries for parliamentary and state constituencies in Selangor by the EC.

He is seeking a declaration that the proposed redelineation, from a 2016 study by EC, was unconstitutional, inconsistent with Clauses 2(c) and 2(d) of Article 113(2) of the Thirteen Schedule of the Federal Constitution, and null and void.

The Gombak Member of Parliament is also seeking a declaration that EC’s failure to use the latest electoral roll in the redelineation was unconstitutional, not in accordance with Section 3 of the Thirteen Schedule of the Federal Constitution, and thus null and void.

Mohamed Azmin filed the application on grounds that the EC had acted unconstitutionally, unreasonably and irrationally against Article 113(2) of the Federal Constitution.

He is also seeking, among other relief, a declaration that the published notice lacked details, where a normal voters, local authorities or state governments cannot exercise their right to make a representation. – BERNAMA

SHAH ALAM: Selangor will not hold snap polls before the Election Commission (EC) carries out its proposed redelineation exercise.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali (pic) said this was the collective decision of the state’s exco.

“The exco is not agreeable to having snap elections at this time,” Azmin told reporters after chairing the weekly exco meeting on Wednesday.

The decision to not hold snap polls shoots down the DAP’s view that elections be called in Selangor.

DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang had said that Pakatan Harapan would have to consider snap polls in Selangor following the Election Commission’s constituency redelineation proposal.

This was followed by Selangor DAP chief Tony Pua’s insistence that snap polls be held before the EC exercise takes off.

Azmin said that the state would focus on initiating legal action against the commission.

“The state government will protest against the EC’s actions and the exco will peruse the provisions in the Constitution and focus on initiating legal action,” he said.

The Mentri Besar said he will officially write to the EC requesting for a meeting to obtain an explanation about their basis for the redelineation.

“In the event they fail to meet us within 48 hours, the state government and I want the EC to give us a written explanation on the matter,” he said.

On PKR’s stand, Azmin, who is also the party’s deputy president said its political bureau had met and discussed the matter on Tuesday night.-The Star