Monday, March 16, 2009

Kudos to Selangor state government

Credit must be given to the Selangor state government. The decision to post the income and assets of Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives online should be emulated by other state governments. As public officials, they should not worry if they have nothing to hide. This decision has put the Pakatan Rakyat one up. There is little point for politicians to talk about transparency if they do not do anything about it. The question now is would the Barisan Nasional dare to do so?

Selangor MB Khalid Ibrahim has declared that he gets a RM47,222 monthly salary. I believe this is a fair sum for a MB. In fact, Mentris Besar and Chief Ministers should get more if they can perform competently and do not put their hands on dirty money. But still, Khalid should have declared his assets such as homes and cars such as his Lexus. No one will fault him because as a former chief executive officer, he could afford what he owned.

Interestingly, Bukit Lanjan assemblywoman Elizabeth Wong has gone one step further - she declared chalking up credit card bills amounting RM16,811.69 and pays RM2,000 a month for the credit bills. She has to watch her spending habits! Wong has said she earns RM17,222.08 a month from her salary and allowances as a state assemblyman and a state exco member.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

WCW,

Thanks for stating your views-readers like me appreciate reading your views in the blog.

At the rate PR states are going, I can dare say BN is doomed. The expose on Eli Wong was good-only goes to show she is a honest politician and very much like an average Malaysian who is indebted to his/her credit cards.

Charles said...

WCW,

I agreed with you that transparency is the key to corruption free government. Eli Wong is no-doubt an honest politician but her spending habbit seems to be the trend of the younger generations.

rasupal said...

This is one reason to support PR. But there are other reasons too. Your call to BN to emulate Selangor can't be heeded by them. You and I know how much trouble they would be asking if they do! In fact Pak Lah said he would ask everyone to declare their assets after GE. Did he or did anyone offer to do so?

In the parliament session today a BN MP asked why Kazana wanted to keep CEOs who don't support BN and their leaders. How much truth that carries I don't know but surely any CEO who strives hard will not be able to tolerate nonsense like this.

Anonymous said...

it's a right breakthough about decleratation of ministers assets..TAN SRI KHALID IBRAHIM you and your excos r the real man's..be proud of you the son soil...u r making the PR strong and stronger...wish all opposition state's follows as what selangor did...to the beloved The royal Highness of Sultan Selangor...tuanku you maneuver the ship on the right direction... we r the rakyat selangor even nationwide happy to hear tuanku speaking for right as what the royal are..salute you tuanku...hidup tuanku panjang umur teruskan jajahan tuanku yang kami sayangi..hidup Tan Sri Khalid, hidup selangor hidup PR....

Anonymous said...

The former Selangor menteri besar earned less than Khalid, no need to post online.

Other BN menteri besar also earn less than Khalid, no need to post online.

Anonymous said...

I urge that all cabinet ministers including the PM & DPM do the same. The same goes to all the states in Malaysia. At least, we know how they can afford all the assets & lifestyles.