Thursday, May 8, 2008

We'll Deliver In Stages - Selangor MB

SHAH ALAM, May 7 (Bernama)

Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said Wednesday that the Parti Keadilan Rakyat-Pas-DAP coalition in the state will deliver in stages what they have promised to the people.

However, it would still depend on the state government's affordability, he told reporters after chairing the state executive council meeting here.

The people would hear some very good announcements from the state government this year and the free first 20 cubic metre of water from June 1 was one of them, he said.

He was responding to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's remark Tuesday that the so-called Pakatan Rakyat coalition had not honoured their election promises which included lowering taxes.

Khalid said: "I think there is a lot of political hype than the real worth but the population, the voters and the professionals will then evaluate us during our 100 days in Selangor.

"So we are prepared to list out the things that we have done, what is work in progress and how we fare better than the previous state government."

Asked when the state government would lower assessment rates, he said: "It is a question of revenue stream -- whether to reduce the rates or provide better facilities."

Anyway, the decision whether to lower assessment rates would be made after the state government had drafted the "Vision of Selangor" and formulated next year's budget, he said.

On Monday, Khalid said the Pakatan Rakyat government in Selangor was not ready to reduce assessment rates by 20 percent although it was one of the promises contained in the Parti Keadilan Rakyat manifesto in the March general election.

Instead, it would give discounts on the fine for failing to pay assessment rates on time.

Meanwhile, Khalid said Wednesday that the Selangor government would donate RM1 million to the victims of Nargis cyclone in Myanmar through Yayasan Amal Malaysia.

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