Am I not proud to be a Selangorean? Of course I am proud after having being told that the Selangor state government has managed to increase its cash reserve by about RM200 million in the first 6 months of this year. With that, the total cash reserve now stands at RM1.1 billion i.e. the highest ever achieved by Selangor over the past 28 years. And I believe too that no other states in the federation can equal such achievement (probably with the exception of Penang). Certainly, Sabah and Sarawak cannot match Selangor even though Sabah/Sarawak is blessed with the abundance in natural resources.
Having said the above, I am quite sure someone will jump to the conclusion that I must be pro PR government (I have heard this being said to me many time before) and that I am insensitive to the previous government that has declared Selangor a develop state first ahead of the rest. I must say at the onset that I am neither pro PR or anti BN government. I am just merely stating a published fact that is deliberately shielded off the mainstream media for whatever reason……..God knows. And I am also not insinuating that Khir Toyo has done nothing good for the state. Certainly he has done something good, but he could have done better to even outclass Khalid Ibrahim’s three years reign over the state government. With Khalid Ibrahim’s achievement, many will ask how and where has Khir Toyo failed, and how and where has Khalid Ibrahim succeeded.
I have listened to Khalid Ibrahim speak in public, and my impression of him is that he does not have the oratory skills of the likes of Anuar Ibrahim or even that of Khir Toyo. Setting that aside, Khalid Ibrahim’s strength is his corporate and managerial skill in heightening revenue for the state, and that really matters when one is appointed the head of government. In a way, Khalid Ibrahim has fulfilled his responsibility to better improve the well being of the rakyat.
I was at my kampong a few days ago and the talk around the village is how pleased the senior citizens are to be given a onetime cash voucher of RM100 (I am yet to collect mine) by the state government to buy food staffs at authorized hyper markets. This is beside the other ‘goodies’ (regardless of race/religion or creed) offered by the Selangor state government, such as free water of 20 meter cubicles for every household, financial grants to students who gain university entry, elderly and disability scheme, heritage fund scheme and the rural micro credit poverty scheme. These are facts that everyone should learn from, rather than haul negativities over trivial issues at the state government.
The achievement of the Selangor state government certainly has it positive effects on the federal government too particularly that the excess revenue earned by the state is paid to the federal coffer in terms of taxes. PM Najib being the Finance Minister should be happy about this, and rather than be in the same chorus to criticize all the PR government is trying to do, PM Najib had better work with Khaild Ibrahim to see how the federal government could help to further prosper the state. I am sure the people of Selangor will appreciate this.
And now looking back to the years the previous government has been in power in Selangor, the state not only is the richest state in the federation, but the billions accumulated in the past could have been used to prosper the citizens of the state; like giving out cheap homes to the poor and the deprived. Even school fees can be done away with in the state and some cash subsistence be provided to the poor. In fact, the citizens of Selangor should be living in reasonable comfort; but certainly not like those state officials living in palace like homes paid for from……………God knows how and where. Do we not see this happening in Selangor and even in some other states? I hope Khalid Ibrahim will not be that stupid to do what Khir Toyo did……….to build a Bali like home in his village among the coconut trees.
Talking about palace-like home, I am drawn to a photo posted in some blogs of a house reportedly owned by a Minister in the PM Department who was appointment a Minister just two years ago. Now people are beginning to question his ability to own such a house, which he says is built from his saving and earnings. Well, he can say what he wants, but why has he to build the house now, while being a minister? Does he not know that being a minister (a first term minister at that) he comes under constant public scrutiny and this is unavoidable? And when people see something unusual, especially like building a palace-like home that is assessed to be no less than RM5 million, this will surely raise the ‘alarm’ and public awareness. Don’t blame the public to this; blame yourself for not thinking deep enough and of your ignorance.
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