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.