Selangor MB pledges to work with federal govt

by ALIFAH ZAINUDDIN/ pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

THE Selangor state government reiterates its commitment to fully cooperate with the new federal administration despite some concerns of hostility.

Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari (picture) gave his assurance that the state, which contributes to a quarter of the country’s GDP, will continue to be professional in dealing with the federal government.

“It is my promise that we will not be hostile towards Putrajaya because we need to work together. We will be professional and we hope that the prime minister (PM) and his new team will not repeat their bullying attitude towards state governments.

“Selangor cannot be let down as it plays an important function to Malaysia with the state’s GDP contribution at 25%,” he said in his speech at the state’s monthly assembly in Shah Alam yesterday.

“I am confident with the capacity of the civil servants in Selangor who have proven their mettle despite being treated with hostility by the federal government for over 10 years.”

The political manoeuvring over the last couple of weeks have resulted in the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition with Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin appointed as Malaysia’s new PM by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on March 1.

The defection meant power would shift in some states, including Selangor, with its state executive council (exco) expecting changes soon. Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia was recently booted out of the Selangor state government which consequently forced Datuk Abdul Rashid Asari out of office.

The Selangor Bersatu chairman had served as the state’s exco for Culture, Tourism, Malay Civilisation and Heritage. Following the departure, Amirudin said all Bersatu and independent assemblypersons would be seated in the Opposition block when the state legislative assembly sits on March 16.

This prompted four Bersatu assemblymen namely Sallehudin Amiruddin (Kuang), Harumaini Omar (Batang Kali), Mohd Shaid Rosli (Jeram), and Adhif Syan Abdullah (Dengkil) to declare their support for PH. Amirudin said he has met the four and the matter will be brought up at council meetings.

Amirudin said there are no decisions to replace Abdul Rashid yet. “It will take some time. Everyone has a suggestion and these names will be presented to Sultan Selangor. What is important is the candidate’s ability to carry out the role and to work together. We have time,” he said.

On Covid-19, Amirudin said he will meet with the state’s health director and departments to decide whether or not it will cancel or postpone public events held by the state government.

“I have issued a general advice to state authorities to minimise public events and activities. However, if the figures show there are a lot of cases in Selangor, then we will issue an official notice to avoid them altogether,” he said.