It was reported that former Menteri Besar Selangor Dato' Seri Khir Toyo had on Monday 12, 2009 filed a summon at the Shah Alam High Court challenging the suspension order barring him from attending the State Legislative Assembly, to be null and void. The suspension order was issued by the Selangor State Assembly's Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency (SELCAT), after Khir Toyo had failed to attend the SELCAT session to answer allegations of abuse in the use of funds pertaining to the Selangor state investment arm (PNSB) to the tune of several millions.
It is unbelievable that PNSB could cough out RM 900,000 for an 8 days trip for Khir Toyo and his family to Morocco and Paris in 2004, supposedly to study Islamic architecture. He made many other trips subsequently with his family members all at the expense of PNSB, without ever feeling any guilt that the money he spend is not his.
Khir Toyo is also being investigated by MACC over the purchase and construction of a palatial home in Shah Alam that is said to have a market value in excess of RM20 million. Pictures of the house that Khir Toyo built and his extravagant spending of PNSB funds has been circulating in the Internet over the past few weeks. There are also talks that Khir Toyo has acquired some properties in Indonesia, and this has yet to be substantiated.
I do not know whether the Income Tax department is interested to look at Khir Toyo's tax returns since he became the Menteri Besar, knowing full well that there is a possibility that the physical wealth he has accumulated does not commensurate with his income. I am not accusing Khir Toyo of thievery, but this is the perception that Selangoreans has of him now; and me included.
In filing the summon, one of the things that Khir Toyo wants is the return of all his allowances that had been with-held following his suspension. No amount was mentioned, but I suppose it could not have been in the millions.
But despite his earlier claims that he has businesses to maintain his lifestyle and sufficient funds to built his palatial home, his summon seems to suggest that he has been made a little poorer because of the with-holding of his ADUN allowances. I am not quite sure how much is the ADUN allowance, but surely it is not sufficient to make him an instant millionaire. Or is he facing some financial difficulties to continue his extravagant lifestyle, that his allowances now becomes sort of his lifeline?
I suppose Khir Toyo need to have a feel of the 'personal financial crunch' that some Selangorean suffer during his rule. Having been at the helm of the Selangor state government for two terms and savoured so much of luxuries and good living, he now deserves to feel what others have felt with only a meager income.
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