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‘S’gor govt has let down the people’

 | February 11, 2012

Former menteri besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo criticises the present state government for not continuing projects he had implemented.

PETALING JAYA: Former Selangor menteri besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo has claimed that his successor Khalid Ibrahim let the people in the state down by not implementing social development programmes.

In an interview with FMT, the dentist-turned-politician said: “Why did he stop the zero-squatter programme? Under my leadership, the state was 98% squatter free.”

To make matters worse, Selangor under Khalid stopped the low-cost housing programme under the state owned agency, PKNS, claimed Khir.

“How are the poor people going to purchase the houses when it only caters for the middle income group?” he asked.

The Umno leader also commented on Khalid’s administration, which he claimed wrongly focuses on having more flats.

“The present government should focus on enhancing the facilities in the flats area instead of setting up new flat projects,” he said.

Khir who helmed Selangor for two terms (about nine years) also criticised Khalid’s administration for providing more budget allocation for management costs compared to development cost.

“The management cost ratio to development cost is 70:30. It is dangerous for the state,” he said.

Pakatan Rakyat in Selangor led by Khalid had been subsidising water for those living in the state since taking over the administration in March 2008.

“I have checked with the professionals and they told me that it is not feasible to provide free water in the long run,” said Khir.

Sand mining project

The former MB was also critical of the state government’s sand mining project via state owned corporation, Kumpulan Semesta Sdn Bhd.

“You may rake in RM1 – 2 million in profits but what about the environmental losses that you have to endure? That is more priceless.

“That is why I discouraged KSSB’s venture into sand mining during my tenure,” he said.

Apart from that, Khir also highlighted that Khalid’s administration failed to draw the much needed foreign direct investment.

“During my time, I brought in investments amounting to RM11.7 billion. Now it is only RM6.8 billion – the same as in the year 2000,” he said, adding that the state government would only be able to create about 20,000 jobs with RM6.8 billion.

Khir also spoke about the Maha Mariamman temple in Kampung Rimba Jaya, Klang, that was demolished on Deepavali day in 2007.

The demolition was a key factor that led to the overwhelming support of the Indian community in favour of Pakatan in the 2008 general election.

“I was merely monitoring the demolition in my capacity as menteri besar,” said Khir, who explained that the demolition was done due to a court order.


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