SHAH ALAM, 29 Nov: The Chief Minister, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid said that the application and approval process of the Selangorku Grant has been tightened to ensure that funds reach the people and is not channeled to a middleman.
According to him, that way, the people will start to give full credence to the transparency of the Selangor Pakatan Rakyat (PR) Government.
“We are using this concept because we have found that although the Government has the grants, it it being channeled to a middleman.
“On the contrary, the middleman will use the money for not just the execution of projects but also for the cost. Therefore, we want start reducing this so that they can be measured according to their work.
“We will make a report stating the amount of projects endeavored by the Selangorku Grant to know who gets the projects.
“That way, the people would start trusting that every ringgit used will go back to the people,” he said.
He said this in response to an oral question from Gan Pei Nei (DAP-Rawang) regarding a few complaints stating that it is difficult to apply for the Selangorku grant from the State Government.
Abdul Khalid added that the infrastructure program had used more than 80% from the allocation of the Selangorku Grant, while the workfare programmes have only used been used on a small scale.
He said that provision that have not been used up will be carried forward to next year.
He said that to prove that the implementation of Selangorku Grant is done transparently, all information regarding the usage as well as the applications will be included on the website so that its development is known to all parties.
“I have called on civil servants to establish a committee to determine the priority of request for us to be fair regarding the grant and the usage of the funds.
“The Selangorku Grant is the catalyst where its profit is used for the public’s interest based on the concept of state revenue for the people,” he added.