Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Selangor MB, exco asset declarations online on Friday - Star


SHAH ALAM: The asset declarations by Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and the 10 exco members will be posted on the Selangor government’s website this Friday.

Announcing this on the sidelines of the State Legislative Assembly meeting, Khalid also explained at length the objective of the exercise.

The asset declaration was to ensure that those holding high office in the state government would not take advantage of their positions to unlawfully or unethically acquire assets, financial or otherwise, he said.

This was also to enable exco members to make unbiased and impartial decisions on policy, and subsequently strengthen the state government’s credibility.

Khalid said the state decided to include only assets acquired and owned by exco members after they had been sworn in as executive councillors on March 24 last year.

The declarations can be viewed at

They will not include assets belonging to children of exco members 21 and above.

“This is because the state is unable to provide security for the exco members and their families, and neither is there any insurance policy that can address this concern,” he said.

However, he added, the exco members had disclosed their assets privately to the Mentri Besar’s office, but the information would not be posted online.

“Nevertheless, the information can be released for legitimate reasons and subject to conditions set and approved by the Special Select Committee on Competence, Accountability and Transparency,” said Khalid.

He said the asset declaration included details pertaining to the acquisition and disposal of assets.

He added that the state had the utmost confidence in its exco members, and the move to post their asset declarations online was in line with the Selangor government’s stand on transparency, accountability and good governance.

Khalid also thanked Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah for the support and advise he gave in opening the 12th State Legislative Assembly meeting on Tuesday.

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