Azmin pledges to be fair to all states in economic recovery

Senior minister Azmin Ali chaired a meeting of the federal action council for Selangor state today. (Bernama pic)

SHAH ALAM: The federal government has given an assurance that it will be fair to all states, including those led by opposition parties, in the efforts to revive the economy from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Senior minister Mohamed Azmin Ali, who is minister for international trade and industry, said differing political ideologies were not an issue when it came to economic development, which was a shared responsibility.

“We put aside politics. This is the time when the Federal and state governments must work together to overcome the challenges faced due to the movement control order and Covid-19.

“It is very crucial for us — the Federal Government and state governments — to work together,” he told reporters after chairing a meeting of the Federal Action Council for Selangor state today.

The meeting was also attended by Selangor menteri besar Amirudin Shari.

Azmin said it was decided at the meeting to expedite the implementation of several infrastructure projects that had been approved previously.

This was viewed as crucial given that the projects had a multiplier effect towards stimulating the state’s economy as well as the country’s economy, he explained.

Azmin said the meeting also focused on infrastructure needs to support the growth of the digital economy in Selangor.

“Today, Telekom Malaysia Bhd tabled a working paper on the Selangor government’s efforts to enhance the fibre-optic infrastructure network and we will support the move,” he said.

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