Azmin: I’ve been audited too, and it’s not an issue

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SHAH ALAM: The process of auditing the expenditure of allocations to MPs or assemblymen in Selangor must be respected and be free of executive interference, said Menteri Besar Mohd Azmin Ali.

He said the audit was to ensure accountability and transparency.

“I have undergone the audit process and I did not view it as an issue.

“We don’t interfere in the audit process so as to uphold the principle of accountability and transparency.

“”If the audit department wishes to audit anyone, the process must be accepted without executive or political interference,” he said while attending a Raya event organised by the Selangor state development corporation today.

He was responding to public complaints by PKR’s Kelana Jaya MP Wong Chen that he was audited unfairly and appealed to the state government to reinstate his frozen allocation to enable him to continue his community welfare programme.

In a video uploaded to Facebook, Wong said after he revealed the audit on his office on May 23, the state government sent him a letter on May 30 that they would look into the matter.

However, he said, he was shocked to receive another letter from the state government on June 9 informing him that the funds for all his community programmes were frozen.

Azmin, who is PKR deputy president, said Wong Chen should have discussed the matter with the state government rather than going public with it.

He hoped Wong would accept the audit process in the interest of accountability and transparency.

Asked about the meeting in London on Monday between PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar and PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Azmin said anyone was free to meet the PPBM leader.

“Perhaps she went there to celebrate Raya with Dr Mahathir,” he said, adding that discussions on Pakatan Harapan (PH) policies and directions should be done within the coalition’s presidential council.

The Malaysian Insight portal, in a report today, speculated that Dr Mahathir and Nurul Izzah discussed issues relating to the leadership line-up of PH.

It quoted Nurul Izzah as saying they talked about Malaysia’s future and their commitment to the reformasi agenda but she declined to comment on any agreement on the leadership line-up, a thorny issue holding up the registration of the opposition coalition by the Registrar of Societies.

PPBM was reported to be keen to have Dr Mahathir appointed chairman of the council but the proposal was resisted by some factions within the coalition.

The portal reported that the PKR vice-president was in London to meet her father’s lawyer while Dr Mahathir was visiting his children and grandchildren for Aidilfitri.