KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23, 2014:
The appointment of Mohamed Azmin Ali as the new Selangor Menteri Besar (MB) puts an end to the “unnecessary and frustrating protracted political crisis in the state”, Tony Pua said today.
As such, the Selangor DAP chairman welcomed Azmin’s appointment but expressed concerns that the will of the majority in the state assembly was “trampled upon”.
“But it is equally important that we end the political crisis swiftly so that we can resume normal service to serve the people of Selangor,” he said in a statement published on The Roket.
Pua, who is also Petaling Jaya Utara Member of Parliament, said Azmin’s appointment had given the government a fresh start to succeed where the previous administration failed.
He added the new government would also be able to achieve better success than Pakatan Rakyat did in the first five years of its administration, from 2008 till 2013.
“DAP Selangor and our state assemblymen will give the fullest support and cooperation to the new Menteri Besar to ensure that we maximise the opportunity over the next three years to prove to the people why the crisis and their patience is worth the while,” Pua added.
On the new exco line-up, Pua said they anticipated a more consultative, inclusive and people-centric group which would be able to fulfil Pakatan Rakyat’s promises to the people.
His hopes were for the new state government to display high standards of accountability and transparency with policies, including fully competitive tenders and disclosure of assets.
Pua also expressed the need for elected representatives, councillors and civil servants to listen to the rakyat they serve, “instead of sitting on the high pedestal”.
“As an administration which opposes the abuse of power and the clamp-down on civil liberties by the Barisan Nasional federal government, Selangor must prove itself to be a beacon of hope by actively implementing our democratisation policies.”
In addition to these, Pua also hoped that the government would steer clear of getting embroiled in operating businesses while under Azmin’s leadership.
“The best government is one which creates the most conducive environment for businesses to thrive.
“Instead, we believe that the state government and its GLCs can be restructured to re-focus on aspects which are neglected by profit-making enterprises, such as affordable housing and better transportation infrastructure.”
He said if these were achieved over the next three years, Azmin could go down in history as the best MB Selangor ever had.