Nota Kepada Pembaca

Saya mengalu-alukan ulasan saudara-saudari mengenai topik yang saya tulis dalam blog ini. Bagaimanapun saya memohon saudara-saudari agar dapat menulis secara berhemah supaya perbincangan kita menjadi lebih bermanfaat. Elak membuat komentar menggunakan perkataan-perkataan buruk, bersifat hasutan, fitnah atau menyimpang dari topik perbincangan. Bagi para sahabat yang menulis komen tanpa nama harap dapat menyatakan nama panggilan di akhir komen bagi memudahkan proses komunikasi. - Dr Mohamad Khir


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Kerajaan Jangan Jadi Tikus Membaiki Labu

1. Dalam Islam, keadilan merupakan antara aspek terpenting. Sama ada sesama Islam atau juga terhadap bukan Islam, keadilan harus dipertahankan. Keadilan bermakna meletakkan sesuatu di tempatnya. Ini jauh berbeza dengan konsep kesamarataan mahu pun sama taraf; yang kadang kala boleh menjadi hukum rimba di mana yang kuat mendapat semua, yang lemah menjadi mangsa.

2. Dalam konteks inilah saya menyambut baik sebahagian pengumuman keputusan Kabinet dalam menangani isu penukaran agama baru-baru ini. Keputusan kerajaan memberi hak kepada mahkamah sivil memutuskan isu-isu kekeluargaan terhadap pasangan bukan Islam yang berpisah kerana bertukar agama (termasuk memeluk agama Islam) adalah satu usaha untuk memberi keadilan kepada semua pihak.

3. Memang boleh difahami bahawa keputusan kabinet ini berdasarkan beberapa tindakan yang tidak bertanggungjawab individu tertentu yang menggunakan nama Islam untuk merampas hak jagaan anak-anaknya daripada pasangan bukan Islam mereka. Ada juga antara mereka melepaskan tanggungjawab nafkah atau saraan anak-anak menggunakan keadaan konflik antara mahkamah Syariah dan Sivil. Mereka ini hanya memberi imej yang buruk kepada Islam.

4. Undang-undang harus berlaku adil tanpa mengira fahaman, agama dan bangsa. Sebab itu ada kebaikan besar apabila kabinet membuat keputusan bahawa dalam sebarang pertikaian keluarga yang membabitkan kes penukaran agama (termasuk Islam) hendaklah dirujuk kepada mahkamah sivil.

5. Namun kebaikan itu saya fikir telah musnah apabila kabinet juga membuat keputusan yang bertentangan sama sekali dengan konsep keadilan. Keputusan kabinet bahawa anak-anak kepada pasangan yang menukar agama kekal dalam anutan asalnya adalah tidak wajar dan bukan satu bentuk keadilan.

6. Mahkamah Sivil telah pun mempunyai panduan dan undang-undang dalam menentukan siapa penjaga anak-anak tersebut. Justeru adalah tidak wajar kabinet mendahului keputusan Mahkamah dengan memutuskan siapa yang layak menjadi penjaga.

7. Keputusan kabinet yang berdasarkan agama anutan seseorang juga merupakan satu diskriminasi kepada penganut agama Islam atau mereka yang ingin memeluk Islam.

8. Tampak seolah-olah kabinet telah pun menjatuhkan hukuman ke atas saudara baru Islam sebagai tidak layak menjadi penjaga hanya kerana mereka beragama Islam. Apakah ini bukan satu bentuk diskriminasi agama?

9. Keputusan kabinet ini juga merbahaya kepada kehidupan sosial masyarakat. Bagaimana jika pasangan yang tidak menukar agama tersebut merupakan seorang yang tidak layak untuk menjadi penjaga? Apakah akan terjamin nasib anak-anak tersebut?

10. Jika kita mahu berlaku adil maka biarkan sahaja Mahkamah menentukan siapa penjaga yang layak dalam kes penceraian kerana bertukar agama ini.

11. Kabinet sepatutnya membenarkan undang-undang sedia ada menentukan siapa yang berhak menjadi penjaga anak-anak yang terbabit dalam penceraian tersebut. Selepas hak penjagaan diberikan maka terserah kepada penjaga tersebutlah untuk mendidik anak-anak jagaannya.

12. Pengumuman mengenai agama anak-anak yang penjaga mereka bertukar agama juga menimbulkan kekeliruan. Orang ramai tertanya-tanya apa akan terjadi jika kedua-dua penjaga tersebut menukar agama; apakah anak-anak mereka perlu kekal dalam anutan asal semasa mereka berkahwin?

13. Kabinet sewajarnya memperhalusi isu ini sebelum membuat kenyataan yang sedemikian besar kesannya. Jangan nanti keputusan yang dibuat seperti tikus membaiki labu.

Kepada mereka yang menjaga kepentingan Islam dalam kabinet saya berharap jangan kita dengar guruh di langit, maka air ditempayan dicurahkan.

Nota: Saya ingin menyeru seluruh pembaca blog ini agar sama-sama berdoa semoga DYMM Tuanku Sultan Selangor selamat menjalani pembedahan injap jantung (mitral valve) yang akan dilakukan di Stanford University Medical Centre, Palo Alto, San Francisco, California pada 2 Mei ini.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Khir has his say on allegations

Former Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Khir Toyo has come under a lot fire recently for purportedly misusing the state agencies’ funds for costly trips, family holidays and personal gain - something he vehemently denies.

Pakatan Rakyat which wrested the state in the March 8 2008 general election has set up a Select Committee on Competence, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat) to probe the financial dealings of Balkis (the former Selangor Elected Representatives Wives Welfare Association headed by Dr Khir’s wife), to see if there was any wrongdoing or element of criminal breach of trust in the charity organisation.

Last month, the bosses of Permodalan Negeri Selangor Bhd (PNSB), Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Bhd (KDEB) and PKNS and others testified at the Selcat hearing and some of their disclosures were shocking - that RM1.7mil was paid for DisneyWorld and DisneyLand “technical” trips, RM200,000 for a Jogjakarta trip and that they paid the air tickets for Dr Khir’s maid to go on the trips and that they got instructions from the (then) Mentri Besar to sponsor Balkis events.


Denying any wrongdoing, Dr Khir who chose not to attend the Selcat inquiry, gives his side of the story. He also says that he will never forgive Pakatan Rakyat until he dies for smearing his reputation.

UMNO

Q: It has been a year since the general election with Selangor having fallen to Pakatan Rakyat, how do you see the whole political scenario?

A: I think there are mixed feelings among the public. Some believe Pakatan Rakyat (PR) is doing quite well but some do not. This is based on perception. PR managed to give a good perception about themselves to the public. The low income group are happy because a lot of goodies have been given to them but the business or corporate community in Selangor are not happy because they obviously see the economy shrinking. That is so apparent. Lately the urban areas are beginning to see that the local authorities have failed to improve their basic services.


Q: You contested the Umno Youth Chief post and came in second. What do you think of Khairy Jamaluddin as the new Youth Chief and Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir as deputy minister?

A: Khairy has won and I think he needs to work hard. Without his father-in-law (Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi), I think he needs to work even harder. But first he needs to clear the perception about him. I think the Malaysian public still cannot accept him as Youth chief.


As for Mukhriz - it’s simple. There must be ‘keturunan’ (lineage). His father (former Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad) was there (in the seat of power) so his child too must be there. That’s Malaysian politics for you. It’s happened before and it’s happened again. It’s a normal thing.


Q: Some say you are arrogant because you used the broom award to shame departments, boasted before the March 8 general elections that there will be zero opposition in Selangor and in a forum after the election you challenged the new PR government to investigate you from head to toe.


A: The broom award was decided by the state government officers and personally I think it was good because that department (that was shamed for non-performance by winning the broom award) got number one placing for performance the following year. The broom award was just to change the mind set.


As for the zero opposition, as Mentri Besar and state Barisan Nasional chairman if I say we are weak, all my people will be disheartened and dispirited. As a general, even if you lose the war, you must still say that you have not. That’s the way to handle perception, feelings and the spirit of our ‘soldiers’. Psychologically everyone does that from Mussolin to Sukarno. How can you lead and say we are going to lose. We will not say that we are not going to lose even if we think we are. It’s a strategy.


As for the forum, some people were saying I am corrupt and they will boo me if I say that I am not. The situation at that time was very wild. So I said what I said to keep their mouths shut. Actually, I am not arrogant but I have my own character in politics.


SELCAT


Q: You have been at the centre of a lot of controversy lately. How have you been responding?


A: It’s all politically motivated. Pakatan Rakyat is trying to hide their own wrongdoings. The present MB (Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim) also has a case, one of the exco member also has a case. They are trying to cover up all these things.


For example, the Balkis issue. I am not even a member and Balkis has already been dissolved and the dissolution has been approved by ROS. I was investigated by the police over the Balkis issue and the police found no wrongdoing but still Pakatan is harping on it. But I am not worried. As for the trips (which has now become controversial), as far as I am concerned I paid for my own children.


Q: Why did you not go to the Selcat inquiry to defend yourself?


A: My lawyer advised me not to go. It is a one-sided hearing. Selcat called me on Balkis issue but I am not a Balkis member so there is no locus standi for me to talk. I cannot clear my name because it is a structured hearing. Selcat is made up of my political opponents. The only two Barisan members in it went for the hearing the first day and stayed away after that. And Selcat wants me - their enemy - to appear before them? If you and I are fighting, would you have something good to say about me? If I go to Selcat, it is like I serah diri (surrender) before my political enemy. They are not interested in the truth. They are just trying to look for kesalahan orang (find fault). If they are after the truth, they would have had professionals not politicians conducting the hearing. If it was conducted by ex-judges and non-partisan ex-top civil servants, then I would have gone. But in this case, tell me why should I go to the lion’s den? Besides, Selcat did not get the approval from the AG to set it up.


Q: But this comes under the Selangor state government and assembly, surely they don’t need the A-G’s approval to set up Selcat?


A: I checked with my lawyer. Any law that involves enforcement must be done by the Federal government first of all. They have said they want to jail people and stated that they can jail up to two years and fine RM2,000. Who is going to jail the person? Does the state have the authority to do this? Surely this comes under the police. Selangor has a Public Accounts Committee - why can’t use that mechanism? But they formed Selcat just to pick on people.


Q: You say there is no locus standi for you to attend an inquiry on Balkis but some of the money in question came from PNSB of which you were the chairman?


A: This falls under the Registrar of Societies. For example I am an Umno member and if I donate money to say MIC do I have the right to ask questions about the money of MIC and ask details about the MIC management? I can’t. This is a donation from a private company to Balkis. That’s why there is no locus standi. In fact even the state government doesn’t have the right to ask these questions because they are not members. I have checked with my lawyer. They can’t.


Q: But (former Selangor MB) Tan Sri Mat Taib’s wife, Puan Sri Asbi (Rohani Asnan) who was Balkis president (until 1997) attended the Selcat hearing?


A: That is up to her. I asked the lawyer’s opinion and (he advised me against it) and so I wrote a letter to Selcat explaining why I was not coming. Because I am not a Balkis member so how can they can ask me about Balkis issues.


Q: What was the purpose of the Dec 17-24 2007 DisneyWorld, Miami Beach and Honolulu trip?


A: It was a technical visit. It was for investment purposes, river management, canal city and the theme park. We wanted to make a second Klang Valley in Selangor - an RM1bil canal city from Sungai Kuala Langat to Sungai Klang which is about 16km. There was to be an artificial beach, a river fishing area, boating, a garden in the middle and cycling lane and walkways. The water level would be maintained throughout the year. You should have a look at the canal city plan. It is very nice. So the trip was to visit water feature development areas so that we know how to do it technically in Selangor and translate the concept to reality. That is why we had in our delegation the Yang Di-Pertua (YDP) of Kuala Langat, of Sepang, the DO Sepang, the DO Kuala Langat, town planners and technical officers. They want to see with their own eyes what it looks like, only then can they execute. My trips are always multi-purpose. We meet the business community there to try and get more investments.


Q: Why didn’t (PNSB CEO) Datin Khairiyah (Abu Hassan) say that? When Selcat asked the purpose of trip, she said it was to study the theme park and did not mention river management?


A: She made a mistake. She has to look through the minutes of PNSB again. The trip was partly to study the theme park and partly to study river management and canal city project. I am very sure about that. I am the one attending the programme so I know this.


Q: Datin Khairiyah said your delegation did not meet anyone from the Disney World management team?


A: The arrangement was done by the PNSB management. On the itinerary, there was supposed to be a meeting with them but I don’t know why they cancelled it. You cannot blame me for it.


Q: You said you do not know why they cancelled a meeting with the Theme Park management?


A: Yes. I don’t know. The PNSB management should know. They sent a Recce team there earlier and everything should have been okay.


Q: It cost RM366,000 to send the Recce team ahead and yet they could not organise a meeting with the Disney World Theme Park? Are you saying the PNSB officers are not competent?


A: The Recce team was decided by management not by board.


Q: Why couldn’t they just call or e-mail to fix an appointment? Why do they have to go all the way there to fix the programme?


A: All this was decided by the management. I am the chairman (of the board) and they are the ones who set the programme and I just go for it. In fact sometimes the programme just comes to my table where to meet etc and I just follow. I did not ask for this and that. The PNSB management decided and I just followed.


Q: The Canal Development project between Sungai Kuala Langat and the Klang River is not something new. It was already proposed in 2006 and universities like UKM and Uniten have already had papers on it and discussions on the concept.


A: Yes, but after one year, the officers still did not understand the technical things about how to manage river development and all that. They wanted to have a look at what it is. That’s why I brought the technical team to study and look in detail water feature developments. A year ago we had already completed the concept of the canal city, only after this (concept paper) was completed that we go and visit.


Q: Why go to Miami Beach and Honolulu and not Venice Italy which is known for its canals?


A: PNSB suggested this to us. I don’t choose. I just follow. In fact, I had to put it off a few times because I had no time. We wanted to learn about water-feature development. We were planning an artificial beach in the Canal City so we went to these beaches (Miami and Hawaii) to learn how to develop these areas - like how many feet development should it be from the water and how to maintain the sand. In Malaysia, we tend to develop right to the water front, when in fact you must leave at least a 20 to 30 feet distance from the water. We also don’t want development projects to cause river banks to collapse (due to a lack of technical planning in developing the area around it). The technical department didn’t approve the project because they couldn’t understand the concept and couldn’t visualise it, so we said ‘then okay let’s go and learn from them’ (the experts).


Q: Why was the delegation so big? Why not bring only 10 or so people?


A: I don’t remember how many came along. When we went, developers came along too. They too want to learn about the river development and canal city development. On my part, I brought along two District Officers, Town Planner, YDP, the state secretary and the PNSB board of directors. The developers, of course, paid their own way.


Q: And why not just bring the experts down to Selangor to train the officers?


A: The thing is the technical group here do not understand the concept. They want to have a look at such projects themselves so that is why we brought them there. Besides, bringing consultants and experts down would be more expensive. The canal project is about RM1bil and foreign consultants and experts would cost about 18% of that. And that does not even include the cost of flying them down. Another thing too is that we also need to expose our officers because they are the ones who are going to approve the project. These departments need to see the project otherwise they won’t approve.


Q: Are the trips to reward the officers?


A: No. There must be a purpose to the trips. We bring officers in charge of the Kuala Langat and the Klang River area. And now because of that, they are better and better because they have more knowledge. Otherwise the officers do not know how to do it. If you talk about the barrage, the officers cannot visualise what it is like. They need to go there and learn. That is the problem with our officers these days. If we don’t give them the exposure, they don’t know. You should have a look at the canal city plan. The concept is the first in Malaysia on how to combine water, humans and development. We had the concept already in 2006 and now the trips are how do to translate that to reality. That’s why we brought YDPs, District Officers, the town planner, the state secretary and the PNSB board of directors. We can have sand, the canal and development.


Q: So the officers are sufficiently knowledgable now?


A: We have had discussions with MTES (Majlis Tindakan Ekonomi Selangor). In fact, because of their exposure, many regulations in development have been changed. Instead of having the river running along behind the house near the kitchen area, the front of the house is built to face the river. We managed to change so many concepts. It’s good exposure.


Q: Why did you not ask the officers who went on the trip to go to Selcat to give their side of the story?


A: Selcat did not call them. That’s why I think it’s all political motivated. They could have called the state secretary or the others who went on the trip. But the hearing was very structured. The questions were very structured. They didn’t want to find out who is right or wrong. All they wanted was a one-sided story. The purpose is just to tarnish my name. That’s all.


Q: How come PNSB paid RM110,000 for your presidential suite in Honolulu?


A: I am not sure. It was all organised by them. And I didn’t ask. I didn’t even get to enjoy the suite or the facilities. I just used it for sleeping. I returned from the programme at midnight and by 8am I am up.


Q: People are shocked by the RM1.7mil spent for the Disney trips?


A: That was decided by the management. I am actually a very simple man. I do not ask for these kind of things. Maybe they said as a chairman, that is my entitlement and they did that.


Q: You say you are a simple man but people would disagree because you fly first class and stay at expensive presidential suites?


A: You must remember when I was the (PNSB) chairman. I have my entitlement. If I were to reduce my entitlement to what an officer gets then what is the officer going to reduce to? I am the chairman. There is the deputy chairman, board of directors, government officers going along. If I fly business class (not first class), then what happens to my state secretary? He will complain. If I am travelling alone it is easier. But I am travelling with a group of people and if I downgrade myself - it’s a problem for the others. But I never ask (for the pricey presidential suites or first class flights). Whatever they provide, I go along with. I just tell them to give me a full itinerary on these trips. I want a full programme with investors and companies.


Q: But isn’t the RM1.7mil spent on the Disney trips wasteful?


A: No. The trip has so many purpose. Look at the effect, the officers got good exposure. And we get to bring investments to the state. Usually when I go on these trips, my programme is packed from morning to midnight to visit companies, factories, business associates, governors. That’s how we have increased the state’s investments from RM4bil a year to more than RM6 to RM7 bil a year. The RM1.7mil spent used proper channels and we got RM50bil investment (over the last eight years). If we spend RM5 mil for trips but it brings in RM50bil worth of investment, what’s wrong with that? Just look at Selangor now. The RM11.8bil last year was the result of my investment not Pakatan’s. They just try to take credit for it. But now investments have dwindled to RM6bil. I worry that it’s going to wind down to RM4bil. And we used to get RM17mil from sand mining but when PKR took over the state, they got only RM3mil. And they promised the people that they could collect RM250mil for sand mining. As far as I am concerned all the trips I made bring a lot of development to Selangor and introduced new concepts. The ideas come from these trips. I stopped over in Dubai for few days because I got the Sepang Gold Coast idea from Dubai’s The Palm development. I don’t know why the state cancelled the River Canal City project. They should proceed because it can spur the economy.


Q: During the technical trip you went to Kennedy Space Center and visited Disneyworld?


A: Selcat should get every information and see the real itinerary of our visit. I am not crazy to use government money for leisure trips. Sometimes on a technical trip, we have meetings after meetings for six hours or the whole day and if there is a break in between, we can fit in some leisure time too. Why not? I am a workaholic and when officers accompany on these trips they get angry because it is one meeting at 8am, followed by another at 10am, another business lunch, followed by more meetings and at night official dinners. Every one of my trips so far is like that. You can ask my state secretary or officers to confirm this.


Q: Why did your family and maid go along on these ‘technical’ trips?


A: When I move around, I do bring my family but all that is paid by me.


Q: But PNSB said they paid the flight for your children and maid for the trips?


A: As far as I am concerned I paid for my maid and children. I don’t know why she (Datin Khairiyah) would say they paid. Maybe she is against me. And why would the management pay? I paid for the flights. So why did the PNSB management pay again? Look, I am the chairman. I am not the management so I wouldn’t know if they paid for it again or not. But the management should take responsibility for that. They shouldn’t pay my personal expenses or flight tickets for my maid and children. If they pay for my family and don’t inform me, how am I supposed to know they did that (because I am not part of that decision making process).


Q: So you are denying that state funds were used for the maid?


A: I checked and the answer is ‘no’.


Q: What was the purpose of RM201,000 Jogjakarta trip?


A: The trip was to study the batik industry and also river management. There was a garbage problem at Kuala Selangor where there is the fireflies (attraction) and we wanted to see how to take care of that. Their (Jogjakarta) river management is very good. It was JPS (the Irrigation and Drainage Department) that asked us to go for the trip.


Q: On that Jogjakarta trip, Malaysia paid RM10,000 to Indonesian dancers to welcome the Malaysian delegation. Isn’t that odd?


A: You shouldn’t ask me. I was there as a guest . I don’t know the details. I am the Mentri Besar and I don’t ask all that. I didn’t know RM10,000 was paid for the welcoming ceremony. All that was decided by management. That trip, the itinerary was all decided by the management. I am the chairman so I am in the board. The board meets only about three to four times a year but it is the management (of which I am not a part of) that runs the company. They meet almost monthly. I attend their meeting only three to four times a year.


Q: Your former chief secretary Norzatun Ain Mohd Kassim told the Selcat inquiry that you asked her to write a letter from your office on behalf Balkis to seek an AP bring in RM40,000 worth of imported Indonesian batik which was being held at Port Klang but this was finally rejected by MITI because it had to protect the local batik industry. But doesn’t this shows a misuse of your office?


A: I can assure you there was no letter from me to Miti. In any case the AP was not approved, so it is a non issue.


Q: PNSB’s Datin Khairiyah said PNSB paid RM14,900 for business class flight tickets to Melbourne for your wife to visit your son who is studying there?


A: No. I have checked that up already. I am very sure that my wife’s ticket was paid by me for that trip.


Q: Then why would she say PNSB paid? And why did Datin Khairiyah accompany your wife?


A: I don’t why. She didn’t tell me. You should ask Datin (Khairiyah) why she went along. She can’t say there was an instruction from my wife because who is my wife to give such instructions.


Q: The Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Bhd (KDEB) said it spent RM550,000 sponsoring four Balkis dinners at Sunway Lagoon on July 24, Aug 2, 3, 4, 2007 while PNSB too donated another RM300,000 for them?


A: It was for fund raising and we got RM6mil for charity.


Q: Logically speaking why have four charity dinners held almost consecutively which cost a lot of money instead of just one?


A: They had too many people coming for it so they had to break it up in smaller groups. If they do it at such a grand scale, it would cost even more so it was better to split it up and have small programmes with different guests.


Q: There was a Balkis event where KDEB paid RM25,000 for chocolates which were to be given as souvenirs while buying imported chocolates would have cost less?


A: You can’t ask me all these details. I wouldn’t know. All this was decided by the management. For example, Tan Sri Khalid (Ibrahim) he wouldn’t know how much the chocolates cost. He wouldn’t have time for that.


Q: KDEB also paid RM17,000 for tickets for Balkis to go to China to buy artificial flowers and caps there when the company has a branch in Kepong. Why waste money when the ordering could have been done in Kepong?


A: I really don’t know. But it must have been approved by the KDEB management. It might be cheaper to fly there and order it from there. You know how cheap things are in China. What costs 10 sen there costs RM10 here. I know my wife very well. She is very careful about accounting. She’s far-sighted and always thinking about how to save money. Perhaps that’s why she bought so many flowers and caps for the welfare programmes one shot - to save money And she gets really frustrated when the public thinks otherwise.


Q: PNSB said they had to give Balkis about RM1mil each year?


A: Yes, that was a decision by PNSB. The 1mil is for charity. Balkis uses the money to help the needy. During Chinese New Year, they give RM100 to 1,000 poor Chinese, for Hari Raya they give money out to poor Malays and during Deepavali, it goes to poor Indians. And we don’t ask the people to sign invoices to show that they got the money. Balkis does many welfare programmes. They buy wheelchairs, and prosthetic limbs for the disabled and fund dialysis treatment for the needy.


Q: KDEB, PNSB and PKNS all said that they became like a ‘tukang bayar’ because whenever there was a request from Balkis they felt obliged to pay.


A: They should have brought it to the board if they were unhappy. Balkis is a welfare organisation which does work for charity. These companies have put aside a certain amount for charity (under their Corporate Social Responsibility programme). And they can channel the money to any clubs or charity. They can sponsor sports, Balkis or give it to old folks homes. In fact, KDEB sponsors football programmes more than it does Balkis events. The companies decide where to give the money to. As far as I am concerned the money is not misused. And the money Balkis gets does go to the target group (welfare and they needy). That’s what is important.


Q: But this puts bodies like PNSB. KDEB, PKNS in a dilemma because you were after all their Mentri Besar (from 2000 until the March 8 general elections) so how can they say ‘no’ to Balkis. They had to accord Balkis, which is headed by your wife, special treatment?


A: Even if Balkis made a request, the management has the right to turn it down. They can’t be ‘segan’ (embarrassed). Where does the money go? If the money goes to charity, then it’s okay. What’s wrong if it goes to the poor, old and the needy. But if it goes to certain people’s pocket that’s a different matter. What the company donates goes to charity and not to individual’s pocket. Balkis does not benefit from it. Sometimes, the money is not enough and Balkis has to top it up with their own money.


Q: But did you make calls and give verbal instructions to these bodies to fund Balkis activities?


A: No I never made any instructions. It was all done through the board of directors and went through the proper procedures. I am very sure about that. For me, in the eight years, I never called a single officer up and asked them to do things without going it through meetings first. I discuss everything in the board and jot things down. I don’t like not to be responsible for what was decided so I would jot down every instruction. And I give instructions in the meeting not outside.


Q: But the bosses at PNSB and KDEB said they received many requests from you, verbal instructions to pay for Balkis?


A: No. Can they prove it? Which letters have I signed?


Q: They said the requests were verbal?


A: No. Never. You can check my phone bill. I never call. They are trying to save their own skin. I never call. Instructions must be written. I never use my office for my own personal gain. I never do that. Maybe some officer down the line just said “the MB said to do it”.


Q: PNSB, KDEB, PKNS are all saying ‘yes you did’ but you are saying ‘no I didn’t’. Who is telling the truth?


A: I never call. If you want to be sure you can check my phone bills throughout the years.


Q: So you are saying that they are all ganging up against you?


A: That’s the problem. They want to protect themselves. That’s why I can’t go to Selcat because Selcat is my enemy. It’s not transparent.


Q: If this is the case, aren’t you angry with them for doing this?


A: No, why should I be angry. I don’t even have any power anymore (as I lost the Mentri Besar post).


Q: It was also disclosed at the Selcat inquiry that PNSB had to pay the salaries of three workers who worked exclusively for Balkis?


A: They are actually PNSB staff. They were just loaned to Balkis to help out like once a week or something like that. They are not doing it full time.


Q: There was also this Chinese New Year event organised by Balkis that you went to officiate where your wife who is the Balkis president asked PNSB to sponsor a RM3,600 Summerman suit for you as a souvenir for officiating the function?


A: That is a token of appreciation. It was decided by the management. My wife would never make such a request. I am very sure of that. My wife doesn’t interfere at all. She doesn’t go to my office. When I officiate a function, I don’t have a clue what I would get as a souvenir. It is up to the management to decide what to give. And my wife is certainly not involved in the management of PNSB (so how can she influence a decision on gifts) Actually I appreciate books as a souvenir. For me that is best. If I attend a function and if they give me some other gift, it would be very rude to reject it. But I appreciate books most and I have my own library now.


Q: When say the Prime Minister and his wife comes for functions in the state, do you give out expensive gifts costing RM40,000 to RM60,000? There were reports that KDEB had paid RM65,000 for songket for dignitiaries at a Balkis function?


A: We have to give them something special from Selangor. Every state is doing that. That’s normal.


Q: Why did PNSB give you a Patek Philip watch worth RM159,000?


A: I told them they shouldn’t have done that and I turned it down immediately. It was too expensive a gift. I was quite surprised. I never asked for anything that’s why I returned the watch. I told them you better sell the watch back and get the money back.


Q: What is behind the RM338,000 Balkis organised Sporting event where RM131,000 was spent on tracksuits?


A: It was a Bakti programme. States take turns organising it every year. It is attended by the wives of the ministers and the Prime Minister and deputy Prime Minister turn up with their wives. And we gave out a tee-shirt and a tracksuit. When Kedah hosted it, they gave the sports attire, so did Penang. And when it was Selangor’s turn, we too would give. It is after all once in 14 years. And there were four teams so that is why there were track suits in four colours.


Q: There was a report that Balkis received RM100,000 for a SPM programme?


A: These kids come from needy background and because of the Balkis programme some of them got all As.


Q: Have you spoken to your wife about the Balkis issue and what has she been saying?


A: She said everything has been done according to procedure and no money has spent for her own purpose. It was all done for the welfare programme to give the needy.


Q: When is she going to clear her name?


A: There is no need. If we answer, then someone will say something else and it will go on and on. Let God decide who is right.


Q: Why did you buy 12 units of the Al Marwa Tower in Mecca for RM25mil when PNSB had only given approval for the purchase of 5 units for RM8mil?


A: When I was in Mecca, there was this offer from this Mecca group for the apartments. So many people came and were fighting for it because it was in a prime area. It was on a first come first serve basis and we (PNSB) wanted to get five. Then one of the Indonesian companies withdrew and their seven units were offered to us and we took it. But settlement had be done in cash and within 14 days otherwise we would lose the deposit. At that time PNSB did not have enough money so instead of losing the deposit we got another buyer to buy it within 14 days. The apartment is in Mecca so only Muslims can buy it. For that reason too, the apartment units cannot be under the PNSB name because there are non-Muslim directors in PNSB. This is why as chairman I put it under my name. The name should be under whoever is the PNSB chairman and now that’s Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim. I signed three times to transfer the name to his. In fact, I was the one who requested for the transfer of name for the apartment units. I had called state secretary and said ‘let’s settle this because the apartments do not belong to me and I don’t want it.” That’s the whole story.


Q: Was it a good investment?


A: Yes, very good. Now I think the five units which cost RM8mil in 2007 are now easily worth RM12mil easily. It’s very exclusive. It’s the only property near the Kaabah and just about 60m away from the Holy Mosque. You can see the Holy Mosque from the apartment. And we fought like hell to get the units.


Q: PR has raised questions on the transaction about whether it contravened the Exchange Control Act and Anti Money Laundering Act?


A: How can we transfer such a huge amount of money from here to Mecca without approval from Bank Negara? Come on lah. We are talking about RM25mil. So was I wrong to go after a good investment. The value has more than doubled now. I personally stood in the queue for four hours to get it. One Arab man offered me RM200,000 just to change the name of the booking to him but I refused. That’s why I am really frustrated and that’s why I won’t forgive Pakatan. I don’t get a single sen from it. It was for the state. The intention was for investment.


Q: There are lots of questions over the numerous technical trips you made overseas to US, Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo which are costly?


A: As far as I am concerned all the trips have all been very successful. That’s why I bring a lot of officers to give them exposure. The trips are multi-purpose and bring in investment and give us ideas. I did nothing wrong so I have nothing to worry about. As for the personal trips, I made my own.


Q: Do you agree that the issue has smeared your reputation?


A: Yes, That’s why I won’t forgive them till I die, until Akhirat (the end of the world). The people will come to know the truth later on. The people are restless and fed up with this kind of gutter politics.


Q: Are you suing the state government?


A: I am looking into it.


Q: This issue has tarnished not just your image but also that of Umno?


A: That’s why I won’t forgive them. Maybe when they got into power, they forget that God is there. When you do something bad to people, one day God will do something bad to you. Wait and see. Time will decide.


Q: How are you going to repair your reputation?


A: I will go down to the people. I will talk to them about what Pakatan is doing to the country, to the state now. They bohong banyak (lie a lot). They said they were planning RM10bil for the Klang River development programme and I have waited more than 3 months and there is nothing. Don’t bluff the people. That is the whole reason they want to suspend me so that I will not raise the issue.


Q: Is your conscience clear?


A: Very clear. If they do this to me and expect me to keep quiet, they are talking to the wrong person. I will continue to speak up because I love Selangor very much. I will talk because I know what they are doing. Even if they suspend me from the state assembly, they can’t prevent me from talking to the public. I will keep talking. Because far as I am concerned my job is to advise and tegur (criticise).


Q: Do you think people will believe you?


A: I think so. I still got the number two spot in the Umno Youth Chief elections. As for the public, when I go around I still draw in crowds. For example when I went to campaign in the Bukit Gantang by-election, so many people came to my ceramah. This happens everywhere I go.

-- Sunday Star

Catatan III: Jika Tidak Dipecahkan Ruyung Masakan Dapat sagu

Assalamualaikum saudara/i

1. Wawancara saya bersama The Star telah diterbitkan pada hari Ahad lalu. Kepada sesiapa yang belum membaca bolehlah membacanya di laman web The Star atau di laman Pembangkang Selangor: English & Bahasa.

2. Bagi yang telah membaca dam memberi komen, saya berterima kasih ke atas semua komen yang negatif dan positif. Sudah lumrah alam, kita tidak mungkin dapat memuaskan hati semua orang. Semuanya saya ambil sebagai panduan dan pedoman di masa akan datang.

3. Saya telah membaca komen Datuk Paduka Marina Mahathir. Bagi saya Marina berhak atas pandangan beliau, walaupun saya beranggapan mungkin ada isu-isu yang beliau tidak berpuas hati dengan saya sehingga menyebabkan komen-komen berunsur “mencerca” itu beliau lontarkan. Namun ini adalah hakikat ahli politik. Rakan baik pun boleh menjadi seteru politik apabila kita tiada kuasa, apatah lagi rakan berbasa basi.

4. Memang mudah untuk kita membuat kesimpulan dan dan mengkritik sesuatu jawapan. Kerana mengkritik lebih mudah dari melaksanakan sesuatu pekerjaan apatah lagi mencatat kejayaan. Jika mahu mencari kelemahan seseorang amat mudah untuk dibuat kerana tiada manusia yang sempurna.

5. Apa yang saya jawab ialah realiti. Sama ada ia dianggap satu tanda kelemahan saya atau sebaliknya terserah kepada penilaian saudara-saudari.

6. Realitinya, dalam mana-mana organisasi syarikat Pengerusi dan Lembaga Pengarah membuat keputusan-keputusan polisi atau dasar dan pelan kemajuan syarikat. Jika syarikat gagal mencapai sasaran maka tugas Pengerusi dan Lembaga membuat perubahan organisasi dan dasar. Jika gagal juga maka Pengerusi dan lembaga juga boleh ditukar atau disngkirkan.

7. Manakala implementasi dan dan segala detailsnya dilakukan oleh CEO dan kakitangan organisasi. Saya juga tidak menyalahkan CEO mahu pun kakitangan kerana mereka juga berbuat kerja berasaskan peraturan syarikat sedia ada dan juga pertimbangan perniagaan.

8. Misalnya jika pada pertimbangan perniagaan mereka Pengerusi harus menaiki penerbangan dan duduk dalam kelas tertentu dan menginap dalam bilik tertentu di hotel, maka itulah yang mereka tentukan.

9. Dalam setiap lawatan ke luar negara biar pun untuk tujuan lawatan teknikal dan menimba pengalaman. PNSB biasanya turut mengaturkan usaha menarik pelaburan masuk dan juga membina hubungan perniagaan strategik. Ini semua harus melalui usaha meyakinkan pelabur asing mengenai kemampuan dan kredebiliti PNSB.

10. Selain daripada peraturan dan kelayakan sedia ada, kita juga perlu sedar bahawa selain rombongan teknikal ia juga merupakan misi perniagaan yang mana memerlukan pertimbangan korporat juga.

11. Saya juga membaca komentar yang negatif mengenai jawapan saya tentang hierarki kelayakan saya untuk menerima tiket penerbangan dan hotel seperti yang dimaklumkan.

12. Menjadi Menteri Besar atau Pengerusi syarikat bukan bermakna kita boleh membuat sesuka hati. Memang baik untuk penjimatan dan juga “public image” jika saya menggunakan penerbangan kelas ekonomi, tinggal di bilik biasa dan menggunakan teksi sahaja.

13. Namun apakah ia akan membawa kebaikan untuk keseluruhan organisasi tersebut? Bagaimana pula jika dengan tindakan saya tersebut, PNSB mendapat reputasi kurang baik dari segi imej koporatnya dan gagal mendapat rakan niaga serta menarik pelaburan ke Selangor. Tentulah ketika itu saya juga disalahkan kerana tidak membawa imej yang baik kepada syarikat.

14. Seperti saya jelaskan dalam The Star, saya boleh melihat jadual yang disediakan tetapi jika ada perubahan kemudian tentulah di luar kemampuan saya untuk mengubah secara mengejut. Malahan selain aturcara teknikal terdapat juga mesyuarat dan perbincangan perniagaan dan pelaburan diadakan di setiap tempat yang saya pergi. Malah saya percaya para pegawai PNSB juga telah menjalankan segala yang termampu untuk merealisasikan atur cara asal.

15. Apakah mereka para pegawai yang lemah? Tentulah tidak kerana PNSB berjaya mendapat keuntungan dan menarik pelaburan yang banyak. Dalam perniagaan kita harus membuat penilaian berasaskan keputusan dan pencapaian pencapaian.

16. Malangnya ini tidak dijadikan ukuran dalam menghakimi kedudukan saya dan para pegawai PNSB.

17. Bagi saya lawatan teknikal, rombongan perdangangan dan mencari pelaburan serta idea-idea baru memajukan negeri perlu dibuat dari semasa ke semasa. Jika tidak dipecahkan ruyung masakan akan dapat sagunya. Dalam ekonomi yang mencabar tiada peluang seperti yang bulat datang menggolek, yang pipih datang melayang.

18. Memang mudah mengkritik dan memburukkan sesuatu kerja selepas dilaksanakan. Bagi saya, sepanjang lapan tahun kepimpinan saya di Selangor dan PNSB, saya berpuas hati bahawa syarikat tersebut mencatatkan perkembangan dan kemajuan yang lebih baik.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Apa Kata Anwar Bertanding di DUN Penanti?

1. Dalam pada kita menanti bilakah Anwar akan mengumumkan kabinet bayangannya yang gagal direalisasikan pada 16 September tahun lalu, satu lagi pilihan raya kecil akan diadakan.

2. Kali ini di DUN Penanti. Bukan wakil rakyat meninggal dunia. Bukan wakil rakyat di penjara. Bukan juga mahkamah mengisytiharkan pilihan raya kawasan tersebut tidak sah. Kita terpaksa berpilihan raya kecil lagi kerana ada parti yang sibuk berpolitik sepanjang tahun.

3. Seingat saya tidak pernah berlaku begitu banyak pilihan raya kecil dalam tempoh setahun selepas pilihan raya kecuali selepas pilihan raya umum ke 12 yang lalu. Pilihan raya kecil yang terlalu banyak ini merupakan gangguan kepada kerja-kerja pentadbiran, pemulihan ekonomi dan pembangunan yang perlu dilakukan oleh kerajaan.

4. Jika dahulu mungkin Barisan Nasional sahaja yang berhadapan dengan dilema ini. Sekarang parti seperti Pas, PKR dan DAP juga akan berhadapan dengan dilema yang sama kecualilah mereka tidak mengambil kisah soal-soal kemajuan negeri.

5. Apakah persamaan di Permatang Pauh, Bukit Selambau dan Penanti? Hanya kerana Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim mahu mencatur politik dalaman parti beliau, kita semua terpaksa berhadapan dengan satu lagi pilihan raya kecil. Masa dan tenaga yang boleh dicurahkan untuk kerja-kerja lain terpaksa ditumpukan kepada pilihan raya kecil ini.

6. Kemungkinan besar majoriti pengundi di DUN Penanti akan terus mengundi PKR kali ini kerana ketaksuban dan sentimen mereka kepada Anwar Ibrahim yang telah banyak menabur jasa di Permatang Pauh atas tiket Barisan Nasional suatu ketika dahulu. Saya juga yakin Anwar akan menguar-uarkan bahawa jika calonnya menang di Penanti nanti, maka orang itu akan dimahkotakan sebagai Timbalan Ketua Menteri baru menggantikan tempat Fairus.

7. Sekadar lontaran idea, oleh kerana Anwar sekarang sudah gagal menjadi Perdana Menteri dalam masa terdekat ini, apa kata beliau sendiri bertanding di DUN Penanti dan kemudiannya menjadi Ketua Menteri baru Pulau Pinang.

8. Mungkin ketika itu kita dapat mengukur kemampuan sebenar Anwar untuk mentadbir negara. Apa salahnya Guan Eng memberi laluan kepada pencetus kekuatan Pakatan Rakyat ini memimpin Pulau Pinang?

Monday, April 13, 2009

Kabinet Baru, Harapan Baru?

1. Perlantikan anggota Jemaah Kabinet yang baru telah pun dibuat baru-baru ini. Sungguhpun banyak harapan dipertanggungjawabkan ke atas kabinet baru ini, namun sejauh mana ia akan berjaya merealisasikannya akan hanya ditentukan oleh beberapa bulan yang akan datang.

2. Janji YAB Perdana Menteri untuk menilai semula prestasi kebinet beliau enam bulan akan datang merupakan satu amaran dan peringatan yang jelas kepada para menteri agar melaksanakan tugas mereka dengan cemerlang atau menghadapi digugurkan.

3. Saya berharap kabinet kali ini tidak menjanjikan sesuatu yang sukar dilaksanakan atau terlalu banyak slogan sehingga rakyat sekali lagi hilang kepercayaan kepada kerajaan. Kerajaan perlu menerangkan apakah yang dimaksudkan dengan konsep 1Malaysia yang disebutkan oleh Datuk Seri Najib. Saya lihat telah berlaku kecelaruan fikiran di kalangan rakyat terhadap konsep tersebut. Ada pula yang menyamakannya dengan konsep Malaysia Malaysia yang dibawa oleh DAP sebelum ini. Saya khuatir slogan ini akhirnya akan menjadi seperti beberapa slogan kerajaan sebelum ini yang hanya manis dibibir tetapi tiada keberkesanannya.

4. Sungguhpun mengalu-alukan pengecilan jumlah kabinet, namun saya agak terkilan dengan pemansuhan Kementerian Pembangunan Usahawan dan Koperasi yang menjadi tempat bernaung golongan usahawan muda dan juga Majlis Amanah Rakyat. Saya khuatir pemansuhan ini dan meletakkan bahagian Pembangunan Usahawan di bawah Kementerian Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri (MITI) akan mengurangkan bantuan, sokongan dan perbelanjaan kepada golongan muda.

5. Mungkin Datuk Seri Najib mempunyai idea tersendiri dalam isu ini, namun pada hemat saya jika mahu dikecilkan kabinet maka sewajarnya Kementerian Pertanian digabungkan dengan Kementerian Perusahaan Utama dan Komoditi. Demikian juga, Kementerian Pelajaran dan Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi boleh digabungkan menjadi satu kembali.

6. Bagaimanapun perubahan bidang kuasa Kementerian Penerangan amat dialu-alukan kerana ia membolehkan semua usaha berkenaan media disatukan di bawah kementerian. Ini akan menjadikan kementerian lebih efisyen dan efektif bagi menghadapi cabaran media baru hari ini.

7. Saya berharap kabinet baru ini dapat mengemukakan agenda reform (pembaharuan) yang diterima rakyat dan melaksanakannya dengan cemerlang.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Bukit Gantang: Melayu Pulang Ke Pangkuan UMNO

1. Keputusan kemenangan Pas dan PKR di Bukit Gantang dan Bukit Selambau tidak mengubah apa-apa status sedia ada. Ini adalah keputusan dalam pilihan raya yang lalu dan diulangi lagi dalam pilihan raya kecil kali ini.

2. Saya belum meneliti keputusan di Bukit Selambau, namun keputusan di Bukit Gantang memberi makna yang cukup signifikan kepada kepimpinan baru UMNO.

3. Ketika pengundi kaum Cina mengundi untuk Ir Mohd Nizar, pengundi Melayu di Bukit Gantang memberi isyarat yang sebaliknya.

4. Hanya 15% kaum cina mengundi Barisan Nasional kali ini berbanding 30% pada 2008. Dianggarkan 9, 500 orang pengundi kaum Cina dan 1, 500 orang pengundi kaum India mengundi Pas kali ini. BN hanya menerima 1, 500 dan 500 undi.

5. Ini bermakna pengundi bukan Melayu secara jelas masih menolak BN. Beberapa isu yang mungkin menarik undi kaum Cina terhadap YB Nizar termasuklah isu tanah dan juga sokongan simbolik kaum tersebut kepada perjuangan DAP yang sebelum ini menguasai kerajaan negeri Perak.

6. Di pihak BN pula jelas menunjukkan UMNO semakin mendapat sokongan kuat orang Melayu. Daripada 14, 500 pengundi Melayu yang menyokong BN pada 2008, kali ini ia bertambah 2, 500 undi lagi menjadikan 17, 000 pengundi Melayu mengundi Barisan Nasional. Pas pula kehilangan 1, 500 undi Melayu pada pilihan raya kecil kali ini. Pada 2008 Pas menerima 11, 500 undi dan kali ini hanya 9, 500 undi.

7. Sokongan pengundi Melayu yang cenderung ke arah BN bersandarkan beberapa isu termasuk tindak tanduk Pas ketika memerintah Perak yang tidak digemari oleh orang Melayu serta tarikan kepimpinan baru UMNO.

8. Sokongan bukan Melayu kepada BN banyak bergantung kepada polisi-polisi kerajaan dalam masa setahun akan datang. Cuma sejauh mana darjah atau tahap kepuasan yang mereka inginkan sukar diagak memandangkan barisan campuran pembangkang pimpinan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim bersedia menawarkan segala-galanya.

9. UMNO sebagai sebuah parti perjuangan orang Melayu yang utuh, tidak boleh tidak, harus mencari jalan sederhana antara ekstremis Melayu dan Melayu yang liberal. Saya pernah menulis dalam blog ini betapa UMNO terperangkap dalam perpecahan falsafah orang Melayu moden sendiri.

10. Namun apakah jalan sederhana ini akan menerima sokongan pengundi bukan Melayu? Apakah yang perlu UMNO dan BN buat untuk kembali menjadi sebuah parti yang disegani?

11. Saya juga tertanya apakah UMNO bersedia mengorbankan kedudukan dan kuasa untuk perjuangan agama dan bangsa. Atau mencari jalan berkompromi, seperti menarik rambut dari tepung..., agar kuasa yang ada dapat menjaga kepentingan agama, bangsa dan negara.

12. Kata setengah orang biar berputih tulang, asal jangan berputih mata. Bagi sebahagian orang pula biar mati meninggalkan jasa dari hidup merosak bangsa.

Saya mempunyai beberapa idea untuk dibincangkan bagi strategi parti. Namun biarlah ia menjadi perbincangan dalam parti. Bagi ruang siber seperti ini ada baiknya saya buka kepada pandangan saudara-saudari untuk membahaskannya.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Menggantung Harapan Demi Pembaharuan

1. Esok para pengundi di Bukit Gantang, Bukit Selambau dan Batang Air akan membuat keputusan dalam menentukan hala tuju pembangunan tempat mereka dan juga senario politik tanah air.

2. Di Bukit Gantang percaturannya lebih hebat apabila ia dilihat membabitkan perubahan kerajaan negeri, isu pemberian tanah hak milik kekal serta isu penderhakaan terhadap Tuanku Sultan Perak.

3. Saya mempunyai perasaan yang lebih di Bukit Gantang kerana di situlah saya mula menjadi ahli UMNO.

4. Pengundi di Bukit Gantang mempunyai kesetiaan yang tinggi kepada BN sehinggalah dalam pilihan raya lalu. Mereka tetap memilih Barisan Nasional biar pun beberapa calon sebelum ini merupakan calon bukan anak tempatan. Malahan di kalangan pengundi UMNO juga dengan rela menerima calon Gerakan pada 2004 sungguhpun kawasan tersebut merupakan majoriti Melayu.

5. Namun pada 2008, perkara tersebut tidak terjadi. Antara alasan yang diberikan ialah pengundi mahukan calon anak tempatan. Justeru kali ini BN mencalonkan anak tempatan yang telah berjaya menjawat beberapa jawatan tinggi sebelum ini, Saudara Ismail Saffian.

6. Kebolehan Ismail Saffian sebagai pemimpin dan pentadbir sudah teruji. Pada usia 49tahun, Ismail Saffian bolehlah dilihat sebagai calon yang boleh bergaul bersama generasi muda serta memahami generasi tua.

7. Saya percaya beliau mampu memberi perkhidmatan yang terbaik jika diberi peluang.

8. Selebihnya, saya berharap pengundi di ketiga-tiga pilihan raya kecil dapat memberi sokongan kepada BN. Memang benar kita ada melakukan beberapa kesilapan dan dilihat tidak memahami aspirasi rakyat. Tapi telah banyak perkara dilakukan oleh kerajaan sejak selepas pilihan raya lalu untuk membetulkan kesilapan itu.

9. Hari ini arus pembaharuan telah bertiup kencang di dalam UMNO dan kerajaan. Kesediaan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak untuk melakukan pembaharuan dalam pentadbirannya membuktikan beliau prihatin dengan masalah rakyat.

10. Kembalinya Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad ke dalam UMNO dan turun membantu kempen pilihan raya kali ini membuktikan bahawa arus pembaharuan ini sedang mengalir deras dalam parti dan kerajaan.

11. Bukan mudah seorang negarawan seperti Tun untuk kembali memberi sokongan kepada BN dan kerajaan jika beliau tidak benar-benar yakin dengan kepimpinan baru.

12. Saya juga berharap BN dapat menang di ketiga-tiga kawasan bagi memberi keyakinan kepada pelabur asing dan juga tempatan. Ketika ekonomi dunia dalam keadaan tidak menentu, kekalahan BN di ketiga-tiga kawasan kali ini akan memberi isyarat yang tidak baik kepada masa depan BN.

13. Pelabur tidak akan membuat pelaburan besar jika mereka tiada keyakinan terhadap kestabilan politik dalam negara. Memang benar ketiga-tiga pilihan raya ini tidak mengubah kedudukan kerajaan, namun ia boleh memberi isyarat yang tidak baik kepada para usahawan.

14. Justeru adalah penting untuk pengundi memberi ruang dan peluang kepada Datuk Seri Najib dan BN untuk memulakan sesuatu yang baru dengan sokongan yang padu. Ini akan memberi keyakinan kepada pucuk pimpinan baru negara.

15. Selamat mengundi.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Selcat - Alat Mencari Kebenaran atau Serangan Peribadi?

1. Seperti dijangkakan Jawatankuasa Pilihan Khas Mengenai Keupayaan, Kebertanggungjawaban dan Ketelusan (Selcat)yang mengadakan sidang mereka sejak minggu lalu hanyalah bertujuan memburukkan saya tanpa berminat mencari kebenaran mahu pun kesalahan. Saya katakan demikian kerana saya tidak nampak sebarang kesalahan atau perlanggaran undang-undang yang saya lakukan atas semua isu yang timbul

2. Sungguh menghairankan bagaimana sidang Selcat yang asalnya hanya bertujuan melihat sumbangan anak syarikat kerajaan negeri kepada Badan Amal dan Kebajikan Isteri-isteri Selangor (Balkis)telah merayau-rayau ke dalam kewangan Permodalan Negeri Selangor Berhad (PNSB). Aneh sekali tidak pula dipantau keseluruhan kewangan PNSB tetapi diambil bahagian-bahagian tertentu sahaja dengan niat ingin memburukkan saya.

3. Pada mulanya saya tidak berminat menjawab kenyataan-kenyataan separuh benar dalam sidang Selcat tersebut, namun memandangkan banyak pertanyaan telah diutarakan dalam blog ini, saya ingin menjelaskan beberapa perkara yang nyata tidak dijelaskan dengan baik.

4. Pertamanya adalah tidak benar PNSB diarahkan membayar perjalanan anak-anak dan pembantu rumah saya ke mana-mana lawatan kerja saya. PNSB hanya membayar biaya saya dan isteri seperti mana yang diperuntukkan oleh syarikat tersebut dan juga amalan biasa kerajaan. Seingat saya tiada satu pun perjalanan anak-anak saya dan sesiapa sahaja yang tidak layak mendapat pembiayaan menggunakan wang PNSB mahu pun wang kerajaan. Jika ada berlaku kekhilafan maka saya bersedia bayar balik.

5. Berhubung dengan lawatan ke Morocco dan dan Perancis adalah tidak benar PNSB membiayai perjalanan anak-anak saya dan penjaga anak saya (maid). Saya membayar terus kepada agensi pelancongan terbabit. Malahan agensi pelancongan tersebut juga mengesahkan bahawa beliau tidak melakukan sebarang tuntutan bayaran atas nama anak-anak saya dan pembantu rumah seperti yang didakwa.

6. Untuk pengetahuan umum, Lembaga Pengarah PNSB diberikan satu perjalanan ke luar negara pada setiap tahun sebagai ganti mereka tidak mengambil elaun bulanan. Lawatan-lawatan yang dibuat pula selalunya membabitkan pasukan teknikal dan pelaburan, Pegawai Daerah dan Yang Di Pertua Majlis bagi membolehkan lawatan tersebut memberi makna terutamanya mencari idea-idea baru memajukan negeri Selangor.

7. Jumlah kos yang besar yang digembar-gemburkan juga tidak mencerminkan fakta sebenar. Misalnya, dalam lawatan ke Indonesia yang dikatakan mencecahhampir RM 200 ribu. Jika saudara dapat membaca laporan PNSB ketika itu hampir 63 orang delegasi turut serta. Malangnya ini tidak pula diperincikan dalam sidang Selcat tersebut.

Rombongan lawatan kerja ke Indonesia yang dianjurkan oleh Permodalan Negeri Selangor Berhad telahpun selamat dilaksanakan pada 21-24 April 2003.

Lawatan 63 orang delegasi yang diketuai oleh YAB Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamad Khir Bin Toyo, Dato' Menteri Besar Selangor ini telah membawa rombongan ke Yogyakarta, Solo dan Jakarta. Turut serta di dalam delegasi tersebut Ahli-ahli EXCO Negeri Selangor, Timbalan Speaker DUN, Ahli-ahli Dewan Undangan dan Ahli-ahli Parlimen Negeri Selangor, Ahli-ahli Politik Negeri Selangor serta Pengurusan dan Pegawai PNSB.link


8. Lawatan-lawatan yang diadakan pula bukanlah sekadar makan angin, sebaliknya ia memberi peluang ramai pegawai dan perancang pembangunan mendapat ilmu baru termasuk dalam pengurusan sungai, air dan pembangunan perbandaran baru untuk Lembah klang Kedua. Setiap lawatan ini kemudiannya disusuli laporan kepada Mesyuarat EXCO mengenai keberkesanan dan hasil-hasil lawatan ini.

9. Saya tidak akan menjawab satu persatu setiap lawatan yang dituduh kerana ia membabitkan banyak fakta yang saya tidak lagi mempunayi akses untuk meneliti sendiri. Namun saya berani tegaskan bahawa kesemua lawatan jika membabitkan ahli keluarga saya, maka saya membayar sendiri perjalanan mereka. Malahan dalam isu lawatan ke Monaco dan France juga saya membayar sendiri kos perjalanan mereka kepada agensi pelancongan terbabit.

10. Lihat sahaja hasilnya hari ini, ada dua tajuk berikut "Agensi Kerajaan Biayai Lawatan Khir ke Disneyland" (malaysiakini.com), "RM1.7 million spent by Khir Toyo's entourage on Disneyland trip" (NST)yang jelas ingin memburukkan saya.

11. Faktanya. PNSB bukanlah agensi kerajaan seperti yang didakwa. Manakala tajuk NST pula menunjukkan seolah-olah saya "berpoya-poya" ke Disneyland menggunakan duit anak syarikat kerajaan negeri sebanyak RM 1.7 juta. Hakikatnya, rombongan untuk melihat prospek membina Taman Tema di Bagan Lalang, Sepang, terdiri daripada satu pasukan pegawai yang besar bukannya "family trip" saya. Selain pembinaan taman Tema, beberapa tempat yang dilawati juga memberi ilmu pengetahuan kepada para pegawai daerah mencari idea baru membangunkan daerah mereka.

12. Fakta bahawa ia merupakan perjalanan yang mempunyai kepentingan ekonomi dinafikan. Sebaliknya apa yang mahu tunjukkan hanyalah kononnya saya menghabiskan duit rakyat membawa keluarga bercuti.

13. Dakwaan bahawa PNSB membiayai perjalanan isteri saya ke Australia untuk melihat anak saya juga adalah tidak benar sama sekali. Saya membayar sendiri kos perjalanan isteri saya ke sana. Selcat tidak sepatutnya "menyumbat" kenyataan ke dalam mulut pegawai PNSB sehingga mengelirukan umum. Jika benar PNSB membayar perjalanan isteri saya ke Australia atas kepentingan peribadi sila tunjukkan bukti dan buat laporan SPRM.

14. Ini semua dilakukan hanyalah untuk menghalalkan tindakan tan Sri Khalid menyalahguna kuasanya menngunakan wang anak syarikat kerajaan negeri untuk kepentingan politik beliau di Bandar Tun Razak (Skandal lembu Korban) dan tindakan beliau membuat tuntutan wang kerajaan negeri untuk "tinted" kereta peribadinya.

15. Memang benar lawatan teknikal PNSB nampak besar jumlahnya berbanding penyelewengan Tan Sri Khalid. Namun ia tidak sama langsung kerana yang satu mengikut peraturan, manakala yang satu lagi melanggar peraturan.

16. Selcat patut menjaga integeriti Dewan Undangan negeri bukannya menjadi alat politik semata-mata sehinggakan pertanyaan yang dikemukakan berunsur memburukkan orang bukannya mencari kebenaran.

17. Saya juga tertanya-tanya apakah Selcat selepas ini akan membuat pendengaran awam mengenai kes lembu korban Tan Sri Khalid dan isu kereta Lexus beliau? bagaimana pula dengan isu YB Ronnie Liu yang terbabit menghalang Polis dan MPSJ menjalankan undang-undang menutup pusat pelacuran?

18. Saya pasti YB Teng berani mengadakan sesi tersebut tapi apakah beliau akan mendapat kebenaran pemimpin kerajaan campuran yang lain? Jangan kerana mencari kuman di seberang lautan, bangkai gajah di depan mata disembunyikan.