S’gor govt must disclose details of forest clearing

gerakan-selangor-eliPETALING JAYA: Selangor Gerakan has accused the state government of a lack of transparency in its dealings, saying that it must disclose the documents for its forest clearing projects.

Gerakan Selangor chairman David Ang Chin Tat dismissed Menteri Besar Azmin Ali’s rebuttal against allegations that the state government awarded logging contracts to two contractors without going through an open tender.

“Azmin kept saying the Selangor government had asked the Forestry Department to investigate the qualifications of contractors that applied for the two forest areas to be cleared and had chosen two above the rest. But how were these processes transparent?” Ang said in a statement today.

“How can it be proven that the Forestry Department was independent and free from the state government’s influence?”

Ang said that it was obvious that the forest clearing-projects had not undergone open tenders, and contracts were issued to two completely inexperienced companies in the field.

He also challenged state exco member for Tourism, Nature, Green Technology and Consumerism Elizabeth Wong to urge the government to disclose documents behind this project.

“Otherwise, she will be no more than a rubber stamp, without any real function in the state assembly.”

Ang said that the relationship between the Selangor government and the two contractors remained unclear and that all relevant details should be disclosed.

Last week, Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) chairperson Badrul Hisham Shaharin, also known as Chegubard, claimed he had evidence to prove the state government had awarded logging contracts without going through an open tender.

Wong had dismissed his allegations yesterday, saying that the logging contracts Badrul had mentioned were for clearing for certain approved projects and these were not for commercial logging, which she said had been banned in the state since 2010.