PETALING JAYA: Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali today hit out at Umno for “singing the same old tune”, using race and religion to drum up fear, instead of addressing the real daily struggles that Malaysians face.
Azmin said unlike Umno, Pakatan Harapan (PH) will not go down the same “samseng” route.
He said PH wants to deal head on with the issues that concern the people, such as the cost of living, and will always strive to ensure that Malaysians can live in dignity.
“The rakyat want good administration (of institutions), lower cost of living.
“However, over the past few days, at the Umno general assembly, did they talk about doing away with GST? Did they talk about living in unity among different races?
“No, instead they played the racial and religious card again,” Azmin said in a speech at a functon in Kota Damansara.
The PKR deputy president also hit out at Prime Minister Najib Razak’s policy speech at the Umno General Assembly on Thursday.
“Najib tried to give the impression that people would lose their jobs and spoke of other issues affecting companies, if PH takes over Putrajaya.
“He said people should not vote for us. He even said jobs for Malay staff will be slashed,” Azmin said, over Najib’s comments which alluded to the civil service being reduced, as he had said before in a meeting with civil servants in Putrajaya in October.
Azmin countered Najib’s remarks, suggesting that federal government civil servants preferred to work for the Selangor government instead.
“I have told those in Putrajaya and who want to work here (Selangor), that we have enough staff at the moment.
“However, I told them to wait for me in Putrajaya,” he said.
Azmin, who is also Gombak MP, explained that civil servants in Selangor are happy to work with the state government.
Furthermore, he said the state government will be giving three months bonus to its staff and this will be distributed later this month.
Azmin said the people of Selangor were also happy with the state government as it has been doing a lot for the rakyat.
“We are not only giving free water but also not billing the poor on assessment rates.
“Also, those who are unable to pay the state government for roof repairs, lifts, water tanks among other amenities at low cost homes, will not have to pay back the fee. The amount of arrears comes up to around RM8.7 million.”
Addressing the single mothers at the event today, Azmin said those who earn below RM2,400 will also receive an annual prepaid value card of RM2,400 to buy their groceries at approved stores to reduce their daily burden.
“If Selangor can do so much with revenue of RM3 billion, imagine what we could do with the federal budget of RM280 billion,” Azmin said.