Selangor PAS secretary says Umno no longer relevant in the state as it has now resorted to "towel protests" to make itself heard.
PETALING JAYA: Selangor Barisan Nasional has run out of ideas on how to attack the Selangor government and Menteri Besar Azmin Ali to the point that they have had to resort to a “towel protest” by Jamal Yunos, says a PAS leader.
Selangor PAS secretary Mohd Khairuddin Othman told FMT prior to this, BN attacked the state government on the Darul Ehsan Investment Group (DEIG) issue but were now silent after the Menteri Besar Incorporated (MBI) proposed improvements to DEIG’s corporate structure.
“I don’t see Umno having anything to attack the Selangor government with. The DEIG has been improved in the interests of the people.
“Umno is no longer relevant in Selangor to the point they have had to protest using towels in front of the state secretariat building to get cheap publicity,” he said, alluding to Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal, who protested the recent water disruptions in the state in front of the state secretariat building clad only in a towel around his waist and one draped across his shoulders while carrying his toiletries in a plastic mug.
Khairuddin, who is Paya Jaras assemblyman, was speaking on the developments on the DEIG issue.
However, Selangor BN state assemblymen coordinator Mat Nadzari Ahmad Dahlan said otherwise.
He said Selangor BN did take proactive measures to expose the Selangor government’s sly plans to the point that Azmin had no other choice but to review the setting up of DEIG and make improvements to its corporate structure.
“The DEIG issue was not being pursued exclusively by BN, even DAP assemblymen raised questions on it.”
The issue on the establishment of DEIG sparked a controversy in 2015, when it was revealed that the MBI subsidiary would be managing about RM30 billion of state assets now under the control of MBI.
At its sitting in August that year, several assembly members, including those from DAP, demanded the state government review the establishment of the DEIG as the company would be set up under the Companies Act.
This is because all activities, operations and financial management as well as company investments did not need to be reported to the assembly.
Subsequently, Azmin said DEIG would only commence operations once all elements of transparency and good governance had been put in place.