Azmin: S’gor govt never blacklisted firms for political links

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KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali today rubbished claims that the state government had blacklisted companies that were known to have supported Umno.

Commenting on the allegation made by Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Noh Omar, Azmin said Selangor had been very transparent and that it had never discrimated against any organisation for its political alliance.

“We never blacklisted Alam Flora. We changed companies not because Alam Flora is pro-Umno or pro other parties.

“We terminated the contract because of the services provided by the company,” he told reporters when met at the Parliament lobby here today.

The Selangor Government took over cleaning and maintenance services from Alam Flora in 2011 and since, local authorities have hired their own contractors.

Earlier, Noh claimed the change was due to the company’s political support.

“When waste management services were taken over by the state government, these contractors were blacklisted.”

To this, Azmin in jest thanked Noh for finally confirming Alam Flora’s ties to Umno.

“Good, thank you Noh Omar.”

Noh’s statement came following Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan’s threat to blacklist companies that were considering funding the upcoming Bersih 5 rally.

“That’s the type of characters we have in the Cabinet now. It’s very unfortunate,” said Azmin in response to Rahman’s warning.